Wednesday, June 11 2014, 12:06 AM CDT
Troutdale Residents With Family at Reynolds High School Share Reactions to Shooting
By Aaron Nilsson/KTVL.comASHLAND, Ore. -- Two students inside the Reynolds High School with the gunman, texted their grandparents vacationing here in southern Oregon as the details unfolded.
Sharon Nesbit is a local historian in Troutdale and resident.
She helped pick the site where Reynolds High School stands.
"You just don't want it to be your high school that gets the headline. It was horrible this morning to find out it was your school,” Nesbit said.
Her daughter was in the first graduating class at Reynolds High School and she said times are different now at the school.
"I remember my sheer horror when it was time to have a school police officer there and he was armed. Who would need that? Now obviously we did,” Nesbit said.
Nesbit came down to her annual vacation at Emigrant Lake and is joined by Max and Sheryl Maydew.
The Maydews have two granddaughters at Reynolds High School, one a sophomore and the other a junior.
"I'm horrified. All I could think about is my two granddaughters at the school,” Sheryl Maydew said.
Maydew said she got a text message in the morning about a shooting at the school so she immediately texted her granddaughters.
“One of them texted back and said ‘grandma, we're okay, both of us,’” Maydew said.
Maydew said she is thankful the girls are safe and feels helpless on vacation so far away from them.
“If we hadn't heard the girls were okay right away, We would have been out of here and would have been gone,” Maydew said.
For now, their annual southern Oregon vacation goes on, along with their questions of what can be done to prevent any future school shootings.
Troutdale police said the gunman most likely took his own life.
They found him inside a stall in one of the school's restrooms.