Yesterday, there was almost a school shooting at a high school in Portland, Oregon. First off, I’m not really surprised after two high-profile school shootings like the ones at UNCC in North Carolina and the STEM School in Colorado. After major shootings like those, there tend to be some copycat attempts. Secondly, while it obviously appeared in the national media I can’t be the only person who didn’t hear about this until today. If you heard about this incident in the news, please leave a comment letting me know when you first heard about it.
In Portland, 18-year-old Angel Granados Dias was said to have entered into Parkrose High School wearing a black trench coat *sigh* and carrying a loaded shotgun. Dias is said to be a student of the school so you think he might have known better to bring a gun into school when the security guard/football coach is a former Division One football player and NFL assistant. Keanon Lowe is a former wide receiver for the University of Oregon and was also an analyst for the Eagles and 49ers. Lowe reportedly tackled Dias to the ground and subdued him.
There has been no motive reported so far other than Dias allegedly wanted others to ‘feel his pain.’ At least one witness has said that Dias was pretty distraught over a breakup. No word on where Dias allegedly procured the gun, however, in Oregon you can purchase a shotgun at the age of 18. While Portland may be Oregon’s most famous city with its penchant for weirdness and hipsters, the rest of Oregon is very gun friendly.
Oregon is no stranger to school shootings either as they have had shootings at Roseburg High School, Umpqua Community College, Reynolds High School and most famously the school shooting at Thurston High School committed by Kip Kinkel.
Dias is currently being held on $500,000 bond.