Several law enforcement agencies responded to reports of an active shooter at the school in Troutdale at 8:07 a.m. Police officers and tactical teams then evacuated the school of all students and staff.
Though the situation is “stabilized,” according to the sheriff’s office, the lockdown persists and it will take at least two hours to search and clear the school.
The wife of a vice principal at Reynolds High School said she first received a text message from her husband that said there was an active shooter and the school was in lockdown.
There’s no word yet on the gunman’s motive, and police haven’t said whether he is a student at the school.
“This is a tragic day, one I hoped that would never, ever be part of my experience,” said Superintendent Linda Florence.
A P.E. teacher at the school, Todd Rispler, was grazed by a bullet in the shooting, his neighbors told FOX 12.
In the wake of the shooting, parents were told to meet students at the Wood Village Fred Meyer located at Northeast 223rd Avenue and Glisan Street. Everyone else is asked to stay away from the area.
As news of the shooting spread, public figures started sending out statements expressing their condolences.
Governor John Kitzhaber sent out a tweet that read, “My thoughts and prayers are with students, staff and the Reynolds High School community during this difficult time.”
Portland mayor Charlie Hales issued a statement on Facebook, saying, “There are no words to fully express our sorrow over the shootings at Reynolds High School. We want the students, the parents and the educators — in fact, the whole community — to know that they are in our hearts and prayers today.”
Reynolds High School is located at 1698 SW Cherry Park Road in Troutdale, which is a suburb of Portland.
Wednesday is the last day of school at Reynolds High. Graduation is planned for Thursday.