The peacefulness of our town was taken away from us year ago today, January 23, 2018, a student brought a gun to school at Marshall County High School, Benton, KY. Before classes started, he walked to the commons area and began shooting. Two students were killed and several injured. This was a horrible day for our county.
We always wonder why a child would do that. The shooter was a band student. Most band students are “good students.” They respect each other, and you can depend on them to not cause trouble. They are the better kids in the school.
What went wrong? Could your child do it? Why did this young man do a terrible thing as this? We don’t know the answers to that question, but I think about how we as parents instill things in our children. We should be teaching them right from wrong, that death is permanent, that we can’t undo what we’ve done. I don’t know anything about his family, but I pray they have done that to their son.
Two children lost their lives. In all reality, three students were lost. The shooter was lost along with the two who died. He is lost to his family almost as much as the other two. His family can visit him, but he will probably never go home again. This is so sad when you think about it.
The innocence of the other children was lost that day one year ago. They grew up in a few seconds. My granddaughter was herded into a locked room in the library. My grandson ran for his life. He saw the young man shoot the gun. They are no longer innocent of death. They survived with no injury.
We live across the road from the middle school where the children from the high school was bused. No one knew whether their child was alive or dead. Parents came to the school to pick up their children. Can you imagine the fear of these parents? Two names were called, but the children were not there. They had been killed.
Hug your children a little closer today. Teach them right from wrong. Get them involved in church. Be attentive to them when they talk to you. Pray for them daily. Tell them you love them. Be involved with their activities. Watch for signs that they may be having problems at school. If we can do these things, we may be able to ward off another shooting. It takes the family and friends working together to prevent this from happening again.
Kathy Cretsinger, Mantle Rock Publishing LLC