House takes moment of silence for victims in school shooting

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FRANKFORT, Ky.  (KT) – Members of the Kentucky House took a moment of silence to remember the victims of the school shooting in rural Western Kentucky on Tuesday morning.

 

Rep. Jeff Greer, D-Brandenburg, who is a roommate during the session with Rep. Will Coursey, D-Symsonia, who represents Marshall County, spoke on the House floor Tuesday afternoon in his friend’s absence.


“He received a phone call this morning that I hope none of us ever has to awaken to: That there’s been a shooting at one of the schools in our districts,” Greer said.


Two were killed and 17 injured in a school shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton. The suspect, a 15-year-old male student, is in custody and being charged with murder and attempted murder, according to police.


“The gentleman from Marshall [Coursey] was on the phone all morning, thinking of all the employees and students that he knows and cares about,” Greer said.


Greer said it was difficult watching Coursey console his constituents who were going through such horrifying news.


“I can’t begin to tell you, and me watching him, just thinking ‘What if that had been my kids’? Those same emotions that he was going through could have been mine or yours.”


Greer then passed along a request from Coursey. “The gentleman from Marshall asked me to stand up today and ask each of you for your prayers, for his county, for his people, our people.”


The House then had a moment of silence for the victims.

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