Student shot, injured outside Cleveland High School in Southeast Portland

By Elizabeth Miller (OPB) and Lillian Mongeau Hughes (OPB)
Dec. 12, 2022 11:35 p.m. Updated: Dec. 13, 2022 1:55 a.m.

There will be no classes Tuesday, but school will be open to students for support.

A 16-year-old student is recovering from a gun injury sustained outside Cleveland High School in Southeast Portland on Monday afternoon, public school officials have confirmed.

Officers responded to a 911 call reporting gunshots in the area, according to Portland police. The student arrived at a nearby hospital about 20 minutes later.


Cleveland High School went into lockdown when the gunshots were first reported, as is their policy. No one else at the school was injured, according to officials.

The investigation was ongoing, and Southeast Franklin Street was closed between 26th and 28th avenues.

Cleveland High principal Jo Ann Wadkins sent a message to families Monday afternoon. Wadkins said the school went into lockdown “in response to gunfire on school grounds” outside of the building.


“This means we locked all doors and windows and kept everyone inside the building while Portland Police Bureau investigated the scene,” Wadkins wrote. “The police are investigating, and they do not have anyone in custody.”

Students were released at 2:30 p.m. She said students who may want to talk to an adult about the incident should reach out to school counselors.

There will be no classes Tuesday, but students are welcome to come to school after 11 a.m for in-person support. Staff will be focused on “supporting students when they return.”

In a message to media outlets, PPS officials confirmed the shooting with “continued frustration and sadness.”

“The safety of our students is our foremost priority and we stand in solidarity with those working to prevent senseless acts of gun violence in our community,” according to the statement.

PPS and the Portland Police Bureau ask anyone with information to call (503) 823-3333.

Monday’s shooting outside of the school follows shootings near Jefferson High School in North Portland earlier this year, in October and November. Students were injured in both incidents.


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