SPOKANE, Wash. - Last week hundreds of parents saw their worst nightmare unfold in front of their eyes; an active shooter inside their childrens' school. In a desperate attempt for any news, one family called and texted their daughter, a freshman at Freeman High School, and any friends who might be with her.
On the agonizing, hour long drive, Steve Stuart received a call from his wife saying she had heard their daughter was OK.
Then another call. This time his wife could barely speak. She'd received a text from a friend saying their daughter was not breathing and had died.
“I immediately went to paramedics telling them my daughter is in respiratory distress, and asking if they'd received any information,” Stuart explained.
In the longest 30 minutes of Stuart's life he talked to first responders, police officers and school nurses, all of whom knew nothing.
"Then went back up towards the high school to see if i could get some more information and as I glanced over the football field, i saw her," he added.
It was an indescribable feeling of relief which begged the question, why would that friend text such a horrible lie?
It turns out, that friend got a new number, and whoever had the old one just played the cruelest prank during their darkest hours.
The Stuarts contacted the sheriff but since being malicious is not against the law, they learned nothing can be done.
Steve Stuart is sharing his family's story because he wants people to know tragedy does not deter the cold-hearted.
You can have your purse stolen, and you can be told this horrible information by someone who is miles away from it,” he said.
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