A high school in Benton, Kentucky was the scene of a horrific mass shooting on Tuesday, January 23. The 15-year-old shooter was arrested at the scene after killing 2 students and injuring 16 others. The shooter was reportedly a member of the band.
The violence broke out in the commons area of the high school. The suspect was armed with a handgun and opened fire on the victims during the start of the school day. Authorities identified the two deceased victims as Bailey Holt and Preston Cope both, age 15. The other students injured included victims in the age range between 14 to 18 years old.
Students fled the scene, some with the help of teachers. They hopped fences and fled into the woods behind the schools. Many students phoned their parents to let them know about the circumstances.
A junior student, Taylor Droke, told CNN reporters: “You could see students dropping their bags and just start running, pushing past each other.” Droke went on to say, “Everyone in cars started turning around and driving away. Kids were jumping the fence around the school and running through the woods.” Droke reportedly contacted her mother with her cellphone, then lent it out to others she escaped with that had to leave their own phones and belongings behind.
According to the New York Times, this latest tragedy in Benton, Kentucky marks roughly the 11th recorded school shooting since January 1, 2018. The victims and their families gathered together to pay their respects to the deceased.
A superintendent for the surrounding schools Trent Lovett spoke with the community, saying, “Wrap your arms around these families and around these students, as you always have.” Lovett continued, saying, “Together with the community, we will begin the long healing process within our schools. God be with us all.”
Although they have the 15-year-old suspect in custody, the motives behind his actions have not yet been revealed by authorities.
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