Officials respond to Marshall Co. high school shooting

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MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Governor Matt Bevin rushed to Marshall County as soon as news broke of the high school shooting.

He released the following statement:

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“This is a tremendous tragedy and speaks to the heartbreak present in our communities. It is unbelievable that this would happen in a small, close-knit community like Marshall County. As there is still much unknown, I encourage people to love on each other at this time. Do not speculate, but come alongside each other in support and allow the facts to come out.”

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MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – KEA released a statement in regards to the high school shooting in Marshall County.

KEA says “We know that this kind of senseless, preventable violence will have a profound and lasting impact on the entire community, as was the case in West Paducah and too many other communities where students, faculty and staff have been assaulted.”

KEA President Stephanie Winkler said, “We are saddened by the news from Marshall County. Our prayers and our thoughts are with everyone there who has been affected. Every student deserves a safe place to learn and employees deserve a safe place to work.”

KEA says they will continue to reach out to members, friends and colleagues in the Marshall County Schools to offer help and support through the difficult weeks and months ahead.

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MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Senator Mitch McConnell responded to the Marshall County High School shooting.

“First, this morning began with reports of a tragedy at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky. State officials have reported at least one confirmed death and several injuries. My staff in western Kentucky is at the high school and is in close contact with local officials. They are monitoring the situation and will be providing me with updates throughout the day.

“I know I speak for communities across my home state in sending prayers of comfort and healing to students, faculty, and everyone affected by this violence. Our hearts are with the entire community in Marshall County. And our gratitude is with the first responders who rush into harm’s way.”

Picture taken from our ABC affiliate, WHAS 11. 

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