After the lone gunman in a shooting at a Troutdale high school was identified as 15-year-old student Jared Michael Padgett, a range of reactions flooded social media, from anger to confusion to sadness.
People all over the country are following news of the Reynolds High School shooting as it continues to unfold, and many high school students added their voices to the conversation using the hashtags #PrayForReynolds, #RHShooting and #ReynoldsHighSchool. While some express confusion and rage, others challenge more compassion from the community. Two crowdsourcing campaigns have been created on GoFundMe.com to cover funeral costs for shooting victim Emilio Hoffman and for Padgett.
“In a situation like the one at Reynolds High School, there is no justice,” wrote Amy Evans, a 2009 Reynolds alumnus. “There is only heartbreak. We acknowledge that huge amounts of terror, anger, and even hatred can come from a tragedy like yesterday’s. But given the choice, we would rather respond with compassion than with more hatred.”
This has been a heartbreaking story to cover and the conversation surrounding the incident is just beginning.
Jared Padgett… why?— Allen. C. Yeung (@YeungAllen) June 11, 2014
Someone tell me why Oregon shooters family needed an AR15 assault rifle? #RHShooting— NJQueen1 (@NJQueen1) June 11, 2014
I liked the #RHShooting coverag better yesterday, when the only name was the victim. Away we go now with the micro-analyzing of the killer.— Kellen Brent Pierce (@kellenbrent) June 11, 2014
How can you not blame guns? What else is there to blame…— MadVillain (@rowanharrity96) June 11, 2014
Jared Padgett . Wow. I would NEVER think he would do something this awful. I just wonder what could push a person off the ledge like that— ✌️уυℓιαηηα✌️ (@Y_ulia41650) June 11, 2014
Jared Padgett. I didnt see that coming…— Half n Half (@MexiSwagg18) June 11, 2014
Dear Jared Padgett - I blame you. But I equally blame your parents. This could have been prevented.— Diane Wathen (@ZanyStros) June 11, 2014
If Padgett “defeated the security measures” to retrieve the weapons then obviously they weren’t that “secured” after all. SMDH. #RHShooting— James Tiet (@james_tiet) June 11, 2014
Prayers for the Padgett family. I hope their community will come along side with support for them in this horrific time. #rhshooting— Ginger Snapps (@GingersSnapps) June 11, 2014
the gunman of the #RHShooting was still a son, and friend. Everyone has their demons they’re fighting. My sympathies to everyone involved— REINA (@reinaayala__) June 11, 2014
I’m feeling very emotional about this shooting. Sometimes I wish Twitter was more than 140 characters. #RHShooting— Nicole Dunlop (@nicolekdunlop) June 11, 2014