Portland schools will have added police officers after shooting


A candlelight vigil after a shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Ore., on Tuesday. (Steve Dipaola/Reuters)

In the wake of Tuesday’s shooting at a high school outside Portland, Ore., the Portland police have announced that they will be sending additional police officers to the city’s schools for the remainder of the school year.

The boosted police presence is to reassure students, parents and teachers that the school environment is safe, officials said, and is not in response to any specific concerns about violence after the shooting.

Emilio Hoffman, a 14-year-old freshman, was killed Tuesday morning in the shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Ore. A teacher was  wounded in the shooting, while the gunman was eventually found dead in a bathroom. The shooting occurred on the second-to-last day of the school year for Reynolds.

In Portland, the public school calendar runs through June 20, giving students another week and a half before classes conclude. Police will be added to schools at the various school districts in the city, including the Reynolds School District, which includes Reynolds High School.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He anchors Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.
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