Marshall County High School shooting

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Tragedy struck in late January when a gunman opened fire in a crowded atrium at Marshall County High School, killing two teenagers and injuring many more as terrified students fled for their lives when gun violence shattered a rural Kentucky community. The attack that turned the nation's attention on the grieving town of Benton has been voted Kentucky's top news story of 2018 in the annual Associated Press poll of editors, news directors and reporters.

A federal school safety commission created by President Donald Trump in the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida shooting in February made the rounds in Lexington Tuesday.

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A state school safety working group gathered testimony this week with an eye toward drafting a policy recommendations for the General Assembly. So far, the most controversial remedy – arming teachers – has met mostly with skepticism from lawmakers and panelists.  

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Jeff Dysinger's daughter survived two bullets from a classmate at her Kentucky high school this year, but he hasn't joined in the national outcry over guns that escalated after 17 people died in a Florida school shooting three weeks later.

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Lexington students rallied in solidarity with nationwide anti-gun violence demonstrations Saturday in the city's courthouse plaza.

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A Kentucky appeals court said Thursday that a judge presiding over a school shooting case was wrong to close the suspect's criminal arraignment to the public.  In a separate ruling this week, the state's chief justice denied a motion from prosecutors seeking to remove the same judge from the case.

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A month after a school shooting killed two teenagers and injured more than a dozen others in his state, Kentucky's Republican governor says the state should consider allowing some people to carry guns in public schools.

Kentucky Teen Charged As Adult In Fatal School Shootings

Feb 17, 2018

A 15-year-old boy accused of opening fire inside his Kentucky high school will be tried as an adult on murder charges.  Gabriel Ross Parker was indicted on two murder charges and 14 assault charges for the Jan. 23 shootings at Marshall County High School. Two 15-year-old students were killed in the shootings, with many more injured.

Bevin Speaks At Koch Event On "Day Of Prayer" For Shooting

Jan 29, 2018
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On the day that Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin declared a "day of prayer" for the small community impacted by last week's deadly school shooting, Bevin was speaking to an elite group of GOP donors at a private retreat in California.

Kentucky Governor Says Shootings Are A "Cultural Problem"

Jan 26, 2018
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This was supposed to be Spirit Week at Marshall County High School.  Instead, homecoming events were canceled, the governor was in town lamenting the nation's moral decay, and preparations were being made for the funerals of two 15-year-old children.