The shooting at a Troutdale high school Tuesday morning rippled through social media as Twitter users first demanded confirmed information. After official statements rolled out, Twitter flooded with tweets of prayers and condolences for the Reynolds High School students and their families.
The hashtag #RHShooting was created by police officials to update parents and the public alike, but the public has since taken over with their own messages for those affected by today’s shooting that resulted in the death of a student and the shooter. Prior to the official hashtag, initial tweets carried the hash tag #ReynoldsHighSchool.
#RHShooting stop covering these events with such media frenzy - it only emboldens others out there to go out with a bang.— Mike Layne (@MikeLayne909) June 10, 2014
My thoughts are with the Reynolds high school community. These shootings really need to stop so schools can be safe havens again.— Sarah (Sycamore) (@SarahW232) June 10, 2014
Much love and prayers to all of the Reynolds fam, stay strong— Jessicocoa (@Jessicfletcher) June 10, 2014
My heart hurts more than ever. Stay strong Reynolds— Courtney Obrist (@Courtney_Obrist) June 10, 2014
It’s things like these that make you really appreciate the little things. #PrayForReynolds— miranda dunsworth (@mirandaleedu) June 10, 2014
Parents should not have to fear sending their children to school. It’s time for something to change. #prayforreynolds— Kathleen Mueller (@kmuelles) June 10, 2014
Mayor Charlie Hales shared his thoughts on Facebook.
The incident comes less than a week after a shooting at Seattle Pacific University, which left one dead: 19-year-old freshman Paul Lee of Beaverton, Oregon. The shooter was disarmed by another student and taken into custody.
People in Seattle expressed understanding and support.
Believing that Reynolds HS will experience the same love, unity, and faithfulness of God that we at SPU did. We are w/you #PrayForReynolds— Colleen Brewer (@colleen_brewer) June 10, 2014
My heart is breaking all over again. SPU is standing by you. #PrayforReynolds— Christy Sheddy (@Curlz_Gone_Wild) June 10, 2014