TROUTDALE, Ore. (KOIN 6) — School officials and security at the Memorial Coliseum said they are doing everything they can to make sure graduation for Reynolds High School seniors goes smoothly following Tuesday’s shooting.
Event organizers at the Memorial Coliseum said the Reynolds High School graduation is nothing new, as the venue has already hosed 10 other graduations this spring. They said for each of those events, security detail was present and was prepared for alert scenarios.
While the security team, of course, would not reveal exact details about their strategies, they did say people attending the Reynolds High School graduation Thursday night will have peace of mind as they for through the ceremony.
Security will be in place both in and out of plain sight, according to event organizers.
Those attending should be prepared to have their bags checked at the front. Attendees will also go through metal detectors, which are protocol in these situations, organizers said.
Rose Quarter Vice President of Communications Michael Lewellen said the building, floor plans, and technologies being used are nothing out of the ordinary.
However, Lewellen said the question was posed as to whether the ceremony would be canceled.
“We posed the question to the school district, and I think the decision they’ve made in our eyes is a good one. You want to try and find normalcy against the backdrop of all the difficulty, something that still allows this school year for Reynolds kids and for the senior class to end in the most positive way possible,” said Lewellen.
The class of 2014 includes 467 students.
At 7 p.m. a moment of silence will be held for Tuesday’s shooting victim Emilio Hoffman.