Heath High shooting survivor reacts to Marshall County shooting
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – This isn’t Western Kentucky’s first school shooting. In 1997, three students died at Heath High School in Paducah.
One of the survivors of that shooting now lives in Lexington, and Tuesday’s shooting at Marshall County High School hit close to home for her.
Brittney Thomas, reliving horrific memories as she survived a school shooting that happened at Heath High School nearly 20 years ago, only 30 minutes down the road from Marshall County High.
She tells ABC 36 the shooter came up behind her, and before she knew what was going on she watched her friends drop to the ground as bullets flew over her head.
In 1997 Michael Adam Carneal pleaded guilty to killing three classmates and wounding five, Thomas says she was one of the lucky ones.
“My stomach just sank, and everything goes through your head like how many people are injured, how bad is it and who’s injured and you just want to go there. You just want to be there because you’ve been through that. you know school’s a place that you feel like you can go to and hang out with your friends then go home and it’s not a place where you feel like you have to be in danger of your life.”
Thomas says her cousins attend Marshall County High, and were at school at the time of the shooting.
She says thankfully they are safe and unharmed.
She says she understands what the students and families are going through and the healing process, like her own, will take time.