Lockdown drill planned at Scappoose school

by: JIM CLARK - A vigil for slain Reynolds High School freshman Emilio Hoffman, 14, at Walt Morey Middle School in Troutdale on Tuesday, May 10. Hoffman was shot to death by a fellow student, 15-year-old freshman Jared Michael Padgett, who was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the scene Tuesday morning.The last week of school for many Oregon students, including those in the Scappoose and St. Helens school districts, was marred by a school shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale that left two students dead, including the gunman, and a teacher wounded.

Hours after the shooting Tuesday, June 10, the Scappoose School District released a statement via email in response to the incident.

“As news is slowly released and confirmed, it appears that a greater tragedy was probably prevented by the school’s preparedness,” the statement read in part. “It should be a reminder to us of the importance of being vigilant in our schools, aware of procedures and well drilled in their implementation.”

The statement continued, “Over the course of this year we have introduced and drilled all our staff, students and involved parents in the Standard Response Protocol (SRP) in the hope that should similar circumstances happen in our community we will be as well prepared to cope as possible. It is our hope that we will continue to prepare for an event that may never happen.”

The district’s statement also offered condolences to the Reynolds High community.

Superintendent Stephen Jupe said the district hopes that members of the Scappoose community are aware of its response protocol, which is based off a system that can be read about online. The protocol centers on four directives: lockout, lockdown, evacuate and shelter. These actions, which are designed to minimize risk to students and school staff, are commonly employed in emergency situations involving active shooters around the country.

“We are hoping that the community is also aware of and used to the protocol,” said Jupe. “We use it extensively, and we are planning to do a drill with a school in a lockdown setting in the fall.”

The drill will likely take place at Scappoose High School in October, Jupe said, although details have not yet been worked out.

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