Twitter tells the story of the Reynolds High School shooting

Even the vice chair of the school board had turned to Twitter for updates.

 

Patrick Howell O'Neill

Internet Culture

Published Jun 10, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 4:03 am CDT

A shooter killed a student and injured a teacher this morning at Oregon’s Reynolds High School. The shooter also died.

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When the shooter began firing from automatic weapons at about 8 am, Reynolds students began to tweet about the events as they unfolded.

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Bruce McCain, the vice chair of the Reynolds School Board, told Oregon Live that he didn’t yet know specific details about what had happened.

“Frankly,” he said, “I’m sitting here following Twitter.”

Outlets like HLNTV and Hollywood Life caught many of the Tweets from students at the school.

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The rest of Twitter was responding to the events as well. After the shooting ceased in Oregon, ThinkProgress editor-in-chief Judd Legum posted a stark reminder of the shootings that have taken place in American schools in the last 18 months since 26 people were killed in the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

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School shootings in the 18 months since Newtown: 1. Apostolic Revival Center Christian School 2. Taft Union H.S. 3. Stevens Institute

— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 10, 2014

4. Hazard Community College 5. Chicago State U 6. Lone Star College 7. Price MS 8. Morehouse College 9. Indian River St. College

— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 10, 2014

10. Hillside ES 11. Henry W. Grady HS 12. U of Central Florida 13. Davidson MS 14. New River CC 15. Elizabeth City St. U 16. Grambling St U

— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 10, 2014

17. Stillman College 18. La Salle HS 19. Santa Monica College 20. Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts 21. Northwest HS

— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 10, 2014

22. Ronald E. McNair Academy 23. Westside ES 24. North Panola HS 25. Carver HS 26. Savannah St U 27. New Gloucester HS

— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 10, 2014

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28. Agape Christian Academy 29. Lanier HS 30. Sparks MS 31. Algona HS 32. North Carolina A&T St U 33. Stephenson HS

— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 10, 2014

34. South Dakota School of Mines & Tech 35. West Orange HS 36. Arapahoe HS 37. Edison HS 38. Liberty Technology Magnet HS 39. Berrendo MS

— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 10, 2014

40. MLK Jr. ES 41. Delaware Valley Charter HS 42. Widener U 43. Purdue U 44. South Carolina St U 45. Tennessee St U 46. Grambling St U

— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 10, 2014

47. E Florida St College 48. Cesar Chavez HS 49. North HS 50. Bend HS 51. Salisbury HS 52. Brush HS 53. Union U 54. Raytown Success Academy

— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 10, 2014

55. McDaniel College 56. Madison HS 57. U of Wisconsin – Oshkosh 58. U of Delaware 59. Savannah St U 60. Kent St U 61, E New Mexico U

— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 10, 2014

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62. East English Village Preparatory Academy 63. St. Mary Catholic School 64. Provo HS 65. Iowa Western CC 66. Marquette U 67. Horizon ES

— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 10, 2014

68. Paine College (5/4) 69. Paine College (5/5) 70. Georgetown College 71. Georgia Gwinnett College 72. Clark Street School

— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 10, 2014

73. Seattle Pacific U 74. Reynolds HS School shootings in the 18 months since Newtown.

— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 10, 2014

For those keeping count at home, that’s about one school shooting per week.

Photo via ReillyButler/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0) | Remix by Jason Reed

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*First Published: Jun 10, 2014, 6:50 pm CDT