Fryberg is reported to have recently been involved in an argument with another student, which had racial overtones. A student:
[He] did have an incident the other day when a kid was being somewhat racist, and he punched him.
[He] got into an argument with someone who made a racist comment [a couple of weeks ago.] I’d understand if he was angry about that, but other than that, he wasn’t bullied or anything like that. He seemed like he was really happy. He seemed like a popular kid.