PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The 15-year-old boy who shot and killed a fellow student and injured a teacher at Reynolds High School never missed a science class.
Tuesday, Jared Michael Padgett entered the school carrying an AR-15 assault rifle and enough ammunition for several hundred rounds of fire, but Monday he was sitting in class participating in a final exam review, said Reynolds High School sophomore student Claudia Delgado.
Delgado, who sat next to Padgett in a freshman science since January said he seemed like a “really good, normal kid.” He worked out. He talked about cars. He flirted with girls. He talked back to the teacher.
Padgett often talked about joining the military, and was enrolled in the armed forces Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Core (JROTC), she said. “He said he had bullets at home, bullets and guns.”
He attended classes and got good grades. “I don’t think there was ever a day I didn’t see him at school,” she said. Padgett was extremely outgoing, to the point he would sometimes talk back to teachers in class.
Delgado said she was shocked to learn the outgoing, cocky boy who sat next to her was not only dead, but had killed another student.
Shelly Brady, a Portland area church spokesperson, confirmed that Padgett attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Gresham and released the following statement:
“With the entire community, we are shaken and profoundly troubled by this tragedy that has impacted the lives of so many families and individuals. We are praying for all those involved, and hope they will be given the peace they need during this difficult time.”
Students took to social media following the lock down at Reynolds High School Tuesday. Freshman student Lucas Dehnert said in a Facebook post Emilio Hoffman, the 14-year-old soccer player killed in the boys locker room, will be remembered as a hero.
“If he didn’t walk into that locker room, Jared would have come to the first place full of students…The gym,” he said.
“Where I, including almost every freshman athlete, were standing. If it wasn’t for Emilio, there would be many many more deaths.”
“You never know who will snap.”
Students wore green Wednesday in support of their classmate, teammate and friend Emilio Hoffman.