Yet another small community and school held their breath in horror as a gunman reportedly opened fire at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Ore. on June 10, killing one. As the school was put on lockdown, and police worked to contain the shooting, students sent messages out on Twitter expressing their fear and also letting their families know that they were safe.
How terrifying. A gunman with a semi-automatic weapon opened fire inside Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Ore. near Portland on June 10, sending the school into lockdown and leading many of the students to shake with fear. Before police confirmed that the gunman was dead and were able to start evacuating people from the school, many of those students took to Twitter to post live updates of the horrific incident.
School Shooting: Reynolds High School Students Tweet
Many young people just seemed bewildered, scared, and stunned that someone had opened fire inside their school, which must have seemed like such a safe place until today:
Guys pls pray for my school we’re in a lockdown and there was reported active shooting
— jay (@gukgasm) June 10, 2014
first period didnt even start & we in a lock dwn . #ctfu
— gaboria (@juantwogee) June 10, 2014
I really hope all my friends in PE right now are safe — Elizabeth Moreno (@E_moreno11) June 10, 2014
Other students used Twitter to let their loved ones know they were okay:
For any family and friends who have heard about the shooting at RHS in my district this morning, I’m safe at our IT Offices. Please pray. — Casey Rodriguez (@CaseyPRod) June 10, 2014
Momma Imma be ok — trisha (@ayykos) June 10, 2014
And one student even posted a haunting pic of the school lockdown in action:
— #its_naenae (@naenaepillias) June 10, 2014
Reynolds High School Shooting: Gunman ‘Confirmed Deceased’
With students still being evacuated, the Troutdale Police released an official statement on the shooting, according to CNN:
At 8:07 a.m. this morning, police responded to Reynolds High School on the report of shots fired at the school. Multiple agencies responded and tactical teams are currently evacuating students and staff. The situation is stabilized, the shooter is confirmed deceased. Parents are asked to reunify with their students at the Wood Village Fred Meyer located at NE 223rd and NE Glisan St. All other people are asked to stay away from the area. Hashtag will be using is #RHShooting
One student has since been confirmed dead by the Troutdale Police, and authorities are still investigating whether other students sustained injuries.
These students’ days turned into a nightmare thanks to a person walking around their high school firing a semi-automatic weapon. The tweets above barely encapsulate the terror that the Reynolds High School community is experiencing today. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of them, as well as their friends and families.
— Andrew Gruttadaro