Eyewitness to Marshall County school shooting says that she was close to being in line of shooter

01/25/2018 08:40 AM

BENTON – There are many stories of terror from students who were actually in the Marshall County High School commons area when a 15-year-old male student entered and open fired on the students, killing two and critically injuring a number of others before being arrested by authorities.

One such student was Marshall County freshman Courtney Whitley who said the day started like any other before turning deadly.

“It started off like a normal morning, all of my friends talking, cutting up, laughing, and then we heard the shots,” Whitley said. “But we didn’t know what it was, and then by the second and third, everybody just took off running. I was actually pretty close. If he would have moved a little to the left, I would have been right in his line of fire.”

Whitley said the first thing that came to mind was when she realized the situation was to get down on the ground, like some of the other students.

“At first, I like, dove down and then I saw, like, everybody started running towards the door,” Whitley said. “So, I got up and I found my friends, and I made sure that they were okay, and they were running out too, and I tried to get out of the door as quick as possible.”

Classes resumed on Thursday at the elementary and middle school in Marshall County, but there is no word as to when the high school will reopen.

Some say it will be good to get back to some semblance of normalcy by reopening the high school, but for Whitley, the thought of going back is too painful.

“No, I don’t think that at all,” Whitley said. “Just thinking about going back there makes me physically sick to my stomach.”

There are reports that the assailant was bullied at the high school.

Whitley admits that she had seen some students being bullied at Marshall County saying that, “It happens.”


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