Sen. Danny Carroll talks solutions and spirit as colleagues recognize Marshall County


FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- Before lawmakers left Frankfort for the weekend, they passed a resolution, honoring the Marshall County community in the wake of the school shooting there last week.

It gave one senator a chance to offer his opinions on solutions. Senator Danny Carroll represents Marshall County. He graduated from the high school where, just more than a week ago, two students were shot to death.

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Friday, he asked his colleagues to consider his story, and what role it could play in preventing more tragedy.

We don’t need to fall into that trap to where we attack each other and we treat each other with disrespect and just meanness. We need to have constructive conversations. We need to compromise where we can, but above all, we need to protect our children, and we need to make sure we find answers,” the Senator said.

Around the Capitol, people wore Marshall High’s colors, orange and blue, as the senate passed a resolution honoring the community in the wake of last week’s mass shooting. It’s a community Carroll represents.

He graduated from the high school.

To find those answers, the senator asked his colleagues not to focus entirely on what he called the tools used to complete violent acts, but also on the reasons why.

He wants communities to be able to make their own decisions about how to secure schools.

“The best we can do is to work at both ends and to work together and get back to the base of what our society should be,” Carroll said.

Carroll used himself as an example. He talked about being a young man in a dysfunctional family. He referenced the teachers who drew him in with bible stories and took him to Sunday School.

“Why have we lost that…you cannot argue that in that book there is a road map for us to live our lives by… if we just took the time to teach that to our kids, this world would be a better place,” Carroll said.

Finally, he thanked his colleagues and asked them to keep the sense of community they have shown while supporting the one he grew up in.

“It’s sad that it takes something like this to see our people at their best. Why can’t we be like this all the time? Wouldn’t the world be a so much better place to live?” Carroll asked.

He also told the floor he intends to ask the families of Bailey Cope and Preston Holt, the two teens killed in the shooting, to visit the Capitol later this session.

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