- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 15, 2014

The parents of the 15-year-old gunman who fatally shot a classmate at an Oregon high school have apologized in a letter for their son’s actions, saying they never promoted violence in their family.

“The values that we have taught our children are love in Jesus Christ, compassion, forgiveness, and patience. These were all natural attributes we observed within Jared daily,” wrote Michael Padgett and his ex-wife, Kristina, a local Fox affiliate reported. “Knowing that these are the values that we have taught our children, we are horrified and distraught by the actions perpetrated by our son.”

Freshman Jared Padgett killed 14-year-old Emilio Hoffman on Tuesday in the boy’s locker room at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon. Another bullet grazed physical education teacher Todd Rispler. When confronted by officers, Jared went into a bathroom and fatally shot himself, the Associated Press reported.

“We are deeply sorrowful for the family of Emilio Hoffman and share their pain, heartache, and grief, for the loss of their oldest son and brother of the family,” Jared’s parents wrote in the statement made public Saturday. “We give our deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers to the family, friends and the entire community and you have our sincerest apology. We also apologize to Coach Rispler, for his injury caused by Jared. We are at a loss as to how and why this tragedy unfolded.”

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