Oregon Reynolds High School shooting must not be a norm
There was yet another shooting this week at another High School in the United States. NBC News reported the following shooting at Reynolds High School in Oregon.
A shooter opened fire at a suburban Portland, Oregon, high school Tuesday morning, killing a 14-year-old freshman, authorities said.
The gunman also died, and Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson told an afternoon news conference that he had been tentatively identified but his name would not be released until authorities were 100 percent certain.
Anderson also would not say how the gunman died, only that his department was waiting for details from the medical examiner’s office. Anderson would not describe the weapon used except to say that it was a rifle.
“This is a tragedy that’s not supposed to happen in any school or to any child,” Anderson said.
Police say the situation at Reynolds High School in Troutdale was “stabilized” within an hour after initial calls came in at 8:07 a.m. (11:07 a.m. ET), just as the school day was beginning.
Anderson identified the student who was killed as Emilio Hoffman, 14. He said Hoffman was killed in a boys locker room in the building housing the school’s gym.
He said Hoffman’s parents were “devastated” by the news.
What is amazing about this tragic story is the lack of surprise or reaction. As these acts become more frequent, it seems that they have numbed many. Both the media and the public at large simply seem resolved to a new normal. It is a new normal we must not accept