Kentucky high school on lockdown after deadly shooting
There’s been another shooting and this time, the location is a Kentucky high school. Details continue to roll in, but as of now, two students are reported dead and another 19 injured, 14 by gunshot wounds. Sadly, this will cease to be front-page news after a day or two, because school shootings are just part of our country’s daily life now.
NBC News reports that Marshall County High School in Benton, KY is now on lockdown with a suspect in custody, according to officials. The two students killed were both 15 years old, one male and one female. The shooter is a 15-year-old male.
Greg Rodgers, a junior at the school, tells NBC he saw students running out of the building when he arrived in his car. “I pulled off to the side of the road because everyone was running to the main road,” he said. “I asked my friend what was going on and he told me that there was a school shooting. I was shocked. He said that someone had just shot up the school.”
Rodgers said the shooting was happening as students were making their way to classes. “I’m distraught from all of it. I couldn’t really focus driving home. I was shaking a lot driving back to my house. I’m still shaking,” he says.
SCHOOL SHOOTING UPDATE: 2 students are confirmed dead and 14 suffered gunshot wounds when a 15-year-old male student opened fire with a handgun inside Kentucky's Marshall County High School this morning. https://t.co/Kp5DiBmHaU pic.twitter.com/gYdlPewXDD
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) January 23, 2018
As more details come in, the state’s governor, Matt Bevin, asks that no one spread unconfirmed information.
Tragic shooting at Marshall County HS…Shooter is in custody, one confirmed fatality, multiple others wounded…Much yet unknown…Please do not speculate or spread hearsay…Let’s let the first responders do their job and be grateful that they are there to do it for us…
— Governor Matt Bevin (@GovMattBevin) January 23, 2018
According to Fox News, students are being evacuated to the northern part of town where their parents can pick them up.
Nearly 100 kids ran out of Marshall County High School when gunfire rang out.
"They was running and crying and screaming," a nearby business owner and father of a 16-year-old student said. "They was just kids running down the highway. They were trying to get out of there." pic.twitter.com/6V9cQMCQDz
— FoxNashville (@FOXNashville) January 23, 2018
Local resident Mitch Garland told The Associated Press “They was running and crying and screaming. They was just kids running down the highway. They were trying to get out of there.”
What a heartbreaking scene to picture — terrified teenagers, running for their lives. Desperate to get to safety.
It’s getting old. Seeing these devastating stories in the news and knowing that nothing will change.
My god. I’m tired of saying “we don’t have to live this way” & then watch the inaction as the deadly toll of gun violence rips lives and families apart. This is heartbreaking https://t.co/IxaOrFO11J
— Khary Penebaker, Fx (@kharyp) January 23, 2018
A state representative tweeted about his shock and sadness, saying he’s “stunned” by the horrible news.
— KY House Democrats (@kyhousedems) January 23, 2018
A news editor pointed out that just yesterday, a shooting occurred at a school in Italy, Texas. A 15-year-old girl was wounded when a 16-year-old boy opened fire in the school’s cafeteria.
Second day in a row I'm making calls about a school shooting. Something needs to give.
— Marc Schwartz (@Marc_J_Schwartz) January 23, 2018
I'm old enough to remember when two school shootings in two days was kind of a big deal https://t.co/a9JUiKfAkq
— andi zeisler (@andizeisler) January 23, 2018
After losing 20 school children and six of their educators, one or a few kids dying is, sadly, not as shocking. A shooting with “only” wounded people and no fatalities barely registers in the trending column anymore. It’s just life in America.
This morning several high school students in Kentucky were shot. Yesterday, a shooter in Texas opened fire in a high school cafeteria. Where’s the news coverage? American students are being shot at a place that should be safe for them, and NOBODY IS TALKING ABOUT IT.
— ky (@kileyyya) January 23, 2018
just a "regular" school shooting not a "super size" one because america orders them off the nra's menu now
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) January 23, 2018
Please realize that yesterday’s school shooting got barely a blip as far as news coverage and today’s, however high the count of dead or wounded children, won’t get much more. This is becoming our normal, and as a nation, we should be horrified.