Pictured above: The two 15 y.o. victims of the shooting, Bailey Nicole Holt and Preston Cope
On Tuesday this week a shooting occurred at Marshall County High School in Kentucky where two students were killed and 18 were injured. Police have since taken the suspect into custody where they are aiming to have him tried in an adult court for two counts of murder and 12 counts of first degree assault. The Governor of Kentucky responded by calling for prayers, telling reporters,
“We have become desensitised to death, we have become desensitised to killing, we have become desensitised to empathy for our fellow man and it's coming at an extraordinary price and we have got to look at the root causes of this.
“We can't celebrate death in video games, celebrate death in TV shows, celebrate death in movies, celebrate death in musical lyrics and remove any sense of morality and sense of higher authority and then expect that things like this are not going to happen.”
So far no details regarding the killer’s identity or motives have come to light. Although it was recently revealed that on the morning of the shooting a journalist rushed to the school in order to cover the unfolding events. However, they were left horrified to discover that their son was in fact the primary suspect when they arrived.
Speaking about his experience one student told the press about the panic and fear the students experienced as a result of the violence,
“You could see students dropping their bags and just start running, pushing past each other.
“Everyone in cars started turning around and driving away. Kids were jumping the fence around the school and running through the woods.”
According to the NY Times this is the eleventh school shooting of 2018, highlighting how violence at US schools is a growing problem.
Traditionally Democrats have pushed to resolve this issue through the introduction of gun legislation. However, the current Republican government is heavily set against this course of action. Gun control continues to remain one of the most divisive social issues in the US.