Controversial 'Team Jaylen' T-shirts worn by some Marysville-Pilchuck H.S. students reopen old wounds

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MARYSVILLE - The Marysville School District confirms that a "small number" of students were seen wearing t-shirts with the phrase "Team Jaylen" painted on them, referring to the 14-year-old school shooter who shot five friends and killed himself.

The students were spotted wearing the shirts at an optional student-planned and student-led gathering on April 24 to mark the six months since Jaylen Fryberg opened fire on five students in the cafeteria at the high school, Marysville School District officials said.

According to the Tulalip Tribe, tribal officials were alerted to the shirts after some students and adults brought the news to school administrators. The students wearing the shirts were talked to individually, and each asked to change their attire, the school district said.

Jodi Runyon, a Marysville School District spokesperson, said the school will not allow the shirts to be worn.

"The action of this small number of student was isolated to the day of the gathering," Runyon said. "However, it should be noted that any attire that could potentially disrupt the educational environment will be addressed and students will continue to be asked to remove items of clothing or other personal effects that could create such a disruption."

Runyon continued:

"We remain steadfast in our work with the Tulalip Tribes and the city of Marysville to continue on the long road of recovery and to create an environment in our schools and communities where all students can learn without disruption."

The Tulalip Tribe posted a letter about the t-shirts on May 4, saying that they created "an environment that is harmful to other students who are trying to heal and recover from the tragedy."

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Controversial 'Team Jaylen' T-shirts worn by some Marysville-Pilchuck H.S. students reopen old wounds
Students from Marysville-Pilchuck High School hold candles during a vigil at the Grove Church on October 24, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. After a shooting at the high school at least two are dead, including the gunman, with several more wounded. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
Students from Marysville-Pilchuck High School grieve during a vigil at the Grove Church on October 24, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. After a shooting at the high school at least two are dead, including the gunman, with several more wounded. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
A sign at Marysville Pilchuck High School promotes conference days in Marysville, Wash., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, the afternoon after a morning shooting in the school's cafeteria. Officials announced that the school would be closed all next week. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Carved pumpkins with the names of those involved in a deadly school shooting nearly a week earlier line a memorial for victims, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Marysville, Wash. The shooter, Jaylen Fryberg, was a homecoming prince from a prominent tribal family. On Friday, Fryberg pulled out a handgun in the Marysville-Pilchuck High School cafeteria north of Seattle and started shooting. The victims were Zoe R. Galasso, 14, who died at the scene; Gia Soriano, 14, who died at a hospital Sunday night; Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, who is in critical condition; and Fryberg's cousins, Nate Hatch, 14, who is in satisfactory condition and Andrew Fryberg, 15, who is in critical condition. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
School buses drive under a giant American flag flying from a fire department ladder truck as students return to Marysville-Pilchuck High School following a week off after a shooting that left four students dead, including the shooter, and two students still in a Seattle hospital, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in Marysville, Wash. After the shock from the Oct. 24 shooting, administrators and teachers hope to transition to a new routine. The day was scheduled to begin with a 10:30 a.m. assembly. Lunch is in the gym because the cafeteria where the shooting took place remains closed. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
People dressed in the school colors of red and white cheer and wave as school buses carrying students on their return to Marysville-Pilchuck High School drive past Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in Marysville, Wash. After the shock from the Oct. 24 shooting there that left four students dead, including the shooter, and two students still in a Seattle hospital, administrators and teachers hope to transition to a new routine. The day was scheduled to begin with a morning assembly. Lunch is in the gym because the cafeteria where the shooting took place remains closed. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Members of the community and students grieve beside a makeshift memorial at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on October 26, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. High school freshman Jaylen Fryberg shot five students at the high school's cafeteria, injuring four, killing one and then killing himself on October 24th. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
Hannah Richmond, 16, wears the letters "M" and "P" painted on her face as she waits to greet students, many friends of hers, returning to Marysville-Pilchuck High School following a week off after a shooting that left four students dead, including the shooter, and two students still in a Seattle hospital, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in Marysville, Wash. After the shock from the Oct. 24 shooting, administrators and teachers hope to transition to a new routine. The day was scheduled to begin with a 10:30 a.m. assembly. Lunch is in the gym because the cafeteria where the shooting took place remains closed. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Members of the community and students grieve during a gathering at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on October 26, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. High school freshman Jaylen Fryberg shot five students at the high school's cafeteria, injuring four, killing one and then killing himself on October 24th. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
Gabby Soriano, 11, is embraced by her mother Gay Soriano as they walk along a memorial for victims of a deadly Washington state school shooting nearly a week earlier, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Marysville, Wash. Gabby's cousin Gia Soriano, 14, died in shooting. The shooter, Jaylen Fryberg, was a homecoming prince from a prominent tribal family. On Friday, Fryberg pulled out a handgun in the Marysville-Pilchuck High School cafeteria north of Seattle and started shooting. In addition to Gia Soriano, the victims were Zoe R. Galasso, 14; and Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, who is in critical condition; and Fryberg's cousins, Nate Hatch, 14, who is in satisfactory condition and Andrew Fryberg, 15, who is in critical condition. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Jason Ryan, right, and his girlfriend Heidi Wilmott look on as Wilmott holds their daughter, Paityn Ryan, as they look on at a fence at Marysville-Pilchuck High School covered with flowers, balloons and messages memorializing a shooting there last week, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in Marysville, Wash. The couple both graduated from the school in 1996. A teacher who tried to intervene to stop the school shooting there last week says she reacted just as any of her colleagues would have. Officials have said teacher Megan Silberberger ran toward Jaylen Fryberg after he opened fire in the school's cafeteria Friday. She did not have any physical contact with the shooter. Fryberg fatally shot two students and gravely wounded three others before killing himself. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Dana Pattie, left, kneels at a block-long fence at Marysville-Pilchuck High School memorializing a shooting there last week as a couple walks past, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in Marysville, Wash. A teacher who tried to intervene to stop the school shooting there last week says she reacted just as any of her colleagues would have. Officials have said teacher Megan Silberberger ran toward Jaylen Fryberg after he opened fire in the school's cafeteria Friday. She did not have any physical contact with the shooter. Fryberg fatally shot two students and gravely wounded three others before killing himself. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Rich, left, and Rande Hein hold hands as they look over a memorial for victims following a deadly Washington state school shooting nearly a week earlier, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Marysville, Wash. The shooter, Jaylen Fryberg, was a homecoming prince from a prominent tribal family. On Friday, Fryberg pulled out a handgun in the Marysville-Pilchuck High School cafeteria north of Seattle and started shooting. The victims were Zoe R. Galasso, 14, who died at the scene; Gia Soriano, 14, who died at a hospital Sunday night; Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, who is in critical condition; and Fryberg's cousins, Nate Hatch, 14, who is in satisfactory condition and Andrew Fryberg, 15, who is in critical condition. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Members of the community and students grieve during a gathering at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on October 26, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. High school freshman Jaylen Fryberg shot five students at the high school's cafeteria, injuring four, killing one and then killing himself on October 24th. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
Members of the community and students grieve during a gathering at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on October 26, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. High school freshman Jaylen Fryberg shot five students at the high school's cafeteria, injuring four, killing one and then killing himself on October 24th. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
Members of the community and students grieve during a gathering at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on October 26, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. High school freshman Jaylen Fryberg shot five students at the high school's cafeteria, injuring four, killing one and then killing himself on October 24th. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
Members of the community and students grieve beside a makeshift memorial at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on October 26, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. High school freshman Jaylen Fryberg shot five students at the high school's cafeteria, injuring four, killing one and then killing himself on October 24th. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
Members of the community and students grieve beside a makeshift memorial at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on October 26, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. High school freshman Jaylen Fryberg shot five students at the high school's cafeteria, injuring four, killing one and then killing himself on October 24th. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
Members of the community and students grieve beside a makeshift memorial at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on October 26, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. High school freshman Jaylen Fryberg shot five students at the high school's cafeteria, injuring four, killing one and then killing himself on October 24th. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
Students from Marysville-Pilchuck High School grieve during a vigil at the Grove Church on October 24, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. After a shooting at the high school at least two are dead, including the gunman, with several more wounded. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
Community members and students from Marysville-Pilchuck High School gather for a vigil at the Grove Church on October 24, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. After a shooting at the high school at least two are dead, including the gunman, with several more wounded. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
Community members and students from Marysville-Pilchuck High School sing 'Amazing Grace' during a vigil at the Grove Church on October 24, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. After a shooting at the high school at least two are dead, including the gunman, with several more wounded. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
Community members grieve during a vigil at the Grove Church in the aftermath of a shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on October 24, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. The shooting left at least two dead, including the gunman, with several more wounded. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
Students from Marysville-Pilchuck High School write messages and prayers during a vigil at the Grove Church on October 24, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. After a shooting at the high school at least two are dead, including the gunman, with several more wounded. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
Students from Marysville-Pilchuck High School write messages and prayers during a vigil at the Grove Church on October 24, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. After a shooting at the high school at least two are dead, including the gunman, with several more wounded. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
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Candles are held by people greeting school buses driving past as students return to Marysville-Pilchuck High School following a week off after a shooting that left four students dead, including the shooter, and two students still in a Seattle hospital, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in Marysville, Wash. After the shock from the Oct. 24 shooting, administrators and teachers hope to transition to a new routine. The day was scheduled to begin with a 10:30 a.m. assembly. Lunch is in the gym because the cafeteria where the shooting took place remains closed. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Two people hug as others write messages on paper following a memorial vigil at the Grove Church in Marysville, Wash., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, for people affected by a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A message placed on flowers at a memorial vigil at the Grove Church in Marysville, Wash., reads "Forever in my thoughts and prayers," Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. The service was held for people affected by a shooting Marysville Pilchuck High School earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A young woman holds her head in her hands as she kneels before candles and flowers placed on the stage at the Grove Church in Marysville, Wash., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, after a memorial vigil held for people affected by a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Madison Wahlgren, 15, a sophomore at Marysville Pilchuck High School, holds a candle next to the school logo on her sweatshirt as she stands outside following a memorial vigil at the Grove Church in Marysville, Wash., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, for people affected by a shooting at the school earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Young people stand as they attend a memorial vigil at the Grove Church in Marysville, Wash., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
An attendee holds up a rose at a memorial vigil at the Grove Church in Marysville, Wash., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, for people affected by a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Young people bow their heads during a memorial vigil at the Grove Church in Marysville, Wash., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Young people stand arm-in-arm during a memorial vigil at the Grove Church in Marysville, Wash., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, left, and his wife Trudi attend a memorial vigil at the Grove Church in Marysville, Wash., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, for people affected by a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
People attend a memorial vigil at the Grove Church in Marysville, Wash., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Players from the Oak Harbor Wildcats football team, who were scheduled to play the Marysville Pilchuck Tomahawks Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, attend a memorial vigil at the Grove Church in Marysville, Wash., after their game was cancelled due to a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A young woman wearing a Marysville Pilchuck Tomahawks sweatshirt wipes her eyes as she attends a memorial vigil at the Grove Church in Marysville, Wash., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Young people bow their heads during a memorial vigil at the Grove Church in Marysville, Wash., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Young people hold hands during a memorial vigil at the Grove Church in Marysville, Wash., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
MARYSVILLE, WA - OCTOBER 24: Salvation Army worker Gene Rutherford (C) consoles two students at the Shoultes Christian Assembly after they were evacuated from Marysville-Pilchuck High School in the aftermath of a shooting on the high school's campus on October 24, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. 'We will be here as long as they need,' Rutherford said. At least two are dead, including the shooter, according to authorities, with several more wounded. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
Police and sheriff vehicles are parked in the driveway of Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, the afternoon after a morning shooting in the school's cafeteria. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Two people embrace at a church, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, where students were taken to be reunited with parents following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
People react as they wait at a church, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, where students were taken to be reunited with parents following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Peggy Ray, right, hugs her daughter, Shayla Kline, 15, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at a church where students were taken following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Students comfort each other at a church Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, where students were taken to reunite with parents following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A student wearing a Marysville Pilchuck football jersey is comforted at a church Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, where students were taken to reunite with parents following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
MARYSVILLE, WA - OCTOBER 24: A school bus enters Marysville-Pilchuck High School to evacuate students in the aftermath of a shooting on the high school's campus on October 24, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. At least two are dead, including the shooter, according to authorities, with several more wounded. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
MARYSVILLE, WA - OCTOBER 24: Police monitor athletic fields at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in the aftermath of a shooting on the high school's campus on October 24, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. At least two are dead, including the shooter, according to authorities, with several more wounded. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
MARYSVILLE, WA - OCTOBER 24: Students wait behind police tape at Shoultes Christian Assembly while waiting to reunite with family members after being evacuated from Marysville-Pilchuck High School in the aftermath of a shooting on the high school's campus on October 24, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. At least two are dead, including the shooter, according to authorities, with several more wounded. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
MARYSVILLE, WA - OCTOBER 24: Students and family members embrace after leaving Marysville-Pilchuck High School in the aftermath of a shooting on the high school's campus on October 24, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. At least two are dead, including the shooter, according to authorities, with several more wounded. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
A young woman cries as she waits at a church, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, where students were taken to be reunited with parents following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
People react as they wait at a church, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, where students were taken to be reunited with parents following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
MARYSVILLE, WA - OCTOBER 24: A student embraces a family member at Shoultes Christian Assembly after being evacuated from Marysville-Pilchuck High School in the aftermath of a shooting on the high school's campus on October 24, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. 'We will be here as long as they need,' Rutherford said. At least two are dead, including the shooter, according to authorities, with several more wounded. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
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The victims' families responded to the T-shirts Monday. Donald Hatch, the grandfather of Nate Hatch, the only survivor at the shooting that day, agreed with the tribe's response.

"When he shot these four children and killed them and killed himself and shot my grandson, I think he lost everything, the honor of having one named after him, a T-shirt named Team Jaylen," said Donald Hatch.

He believes his grandson, who was shot that day, would feel the same.

"He's still upset, and I don't think he would want that," said Donald Hatch.

Gia Soriano's grandmother, Elaine Soriano, said she could understand why some of the students would want to wear those shirts. Gia was slain by Fryberg that day.

"I'm sure he (Fryberg) has family and friends that are hurting but just want to do something," said Elaine Soriano. "I don't know if that was the right thing to do but everyone needs support."

Some students in support of the T-shirts said they didn't condone what Jaylen Fryberg did, but say they still miss him.

"He's family, he's friend, he's part of the tribe," said Marysville-Pilchuck High School student Rachael Pomeroy. "We should be able to say his name; we should be able to have remembrance about him; we should be able to give him a moment of silence."

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