A newly-hired teacher is being hailed a hero after she struggled with a teenage killer during his terrifying gun rampage in the cafeteria of a Washington state high school.
First-year social studies teacher Megan Silberberger intervened in Friday's attack at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, 30 miles north of Seattle, teachers union president Randy Davis said.
Ms Silberberger intercepted Jaylen Fryberg (15) as he paused, possibly to reload.
The attacker (inset) killed a girl pupil and seriously wounded four others - including two of his cousins - before he died of what police said was a self-inflicted wound.
But it was not clear if he took his own life or accidentally shot himself in the struggle with Ms Silberberger.
"I'm amazed by her actions and I feel for her," Mr Davis said of his colleague. "I don't know why she was in the cafeteria but I'm just grateful she was."
Mr Davis said he had spoken briefly with Ms Silberberger, who was traumatised.
The Marysville School District released a statement from her, saying: "While I am thankful and grateful for the support from everyone, at this time I am requesting privacy for myself and my family."
It emerged that Fryberg left months of troubling messages on social media.