Memories of a School Shooting: Paducah, Kentucky, 1997

Dec 17, 2012 Full story: The Atlantic 29

On December 1, 1997, a freshman opened fire on a prayer group at my Kentucky high school, killing three.

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Really

Duluth, GA

#1 Dec 17, 2012
Please. She was nowhere near the shooting. Highly doubt she ever even spoke to the victims before in her life. It would have ruined her "image". The fact that she is labeling herself is a victim is laughable and the fact that she claims she had PTSD is asinine.
Really

Duluth, GA

#2 Dec 17, 2012
*As
*Has
Cali

Chicago, IL

#3 Dec 17, 2012
I agree completely. How insulting to the real victims!!
Really

Duluth, GA

#4 Dec 17, 2012
How can you claim to be a victim when you openly admit that you weren't even in the school when it happened? That's like the schools next door neighbor claiming he is a victim. She didn't see any bodies by opening up the south door to the school. Know why? Because the bodies weren't laying in the hallway nor could they be seen from it! Just a pathetic attention seeker trying to seem like she was right in the middle of it all.
Cali

Chicago, IL

#5 Dec 17, 2012
Really wrote:
How can you claim to be a victim when you openly admit that you weren't even in the school when it happened? That's like the schools next door neighbor claiming he is a victim. She didn't see any bodies by opening up the south door to the school. Know why? Because the bodies weren't laying in the hallway nor could they be seen from it! Just a pathetic attention seeker trying to seem like she was right in the middle of it all.
You are exactly right. I was standing inside that hallway and near the Spanish classroom and I know that peering through that door would not give anyone a view of any bodies.
Really

Duluth, GA

#6 Dec 17, 2012
Cali wrote:
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You are exactly right. I was standing inside that hallway and near the Spanish classroom and I know that peering through that door would not give anyone a view of any bodies.
And whoever you are, you must know as well as I do that before the shooting she probably couldn't have even told you what Jessica, Kayce, and Nicole's names were.
What makes me the most sick is that she is getting sympathy from this story. And obviously some notoriety.
wow

Paducah, KY

#7 Dec 17, 2012
Really wrote:
How can you claim to be a victim when you openly admit that you weren't even in the school when it happened? That's like the schools next door neighbor claiming he is a victim. She didn't see any bodies by opening up the south door to the school. Know why? Because the bodies weren't laying in the hallway nor could they be seen from it! Just a pathetic attention seeker trying to seem like she was right in the middle of it all.
Can we say liar? I think she paints a good picture but since she admitted that she wasn't even inside the school, she can't say what happened. She is no more a victim than the next door neighbor.
Cali

Chicago, IL

#8 Dec 17, 2012
Really wrote:
<quoted text>And whoever you are, you must know as well as I do that before the shooting she probably couldn't have even told you what Jessica, Kayce, and Nicole's names were.
What makes me the most sick is that she is getting sympathy from this story. And obviously some notoriety.
Agree totally. Getting noteriety and taking advantage of a terrible situation. I'm sure you know me if you went to Heath. I'm class of 98.
Really

Duluth, GA

#9 Dec 17, 2012
I guess since she was the 4th generation in her family to go to Heath and since her mother was prom queen, she thinks she is Miss Heath High or something.
I'm class of 1999. Graduated with her. And upon talking to a couple of other classmates, we are disappointed but not surprised by her story. Which is exactly what it is.
mrs wonderful

Mayfield, KY

#10 Dec 17, 2012
hey everyone...look at me, look at me!!!!
Cali

Chicago, IL

#11 Dec 17, 2012
Really wrote:
I guess since she was the 4th generation in her family to go to Heath and since her mother was prom queen, she thinks she is Miss Heath High or something.
I'm class of 1999. Graduated with her. And upon talking to a couple of other classmates, we are disappointed but not surprised by her story. Which is exactly what it is.
This is not her first time to write about it
Really

Duluth, GA

#12 Dec 17, 2012
LMAO. Look at meeeee! Please! Someone just look at me. I have PTSD and I wasn't even there! Please feel sorry for me! I am so wonderful because I forgave Michael Carneal for what he did immediately! Look at me!!!!
Really

Duluth, GA

#13 Dec 17, 2012
Cali wrote:
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This is not her first time to write about it
Unfortunately you are right. Except this time was way more outlandish.
Tsunami

Chicago, IL

#14 Dec 17, 2012
Whoa. I thought I was the only one picking up on all this.
Really

Duluth, GA

#15 Dec 17, 2012
I'm glad other people are picking up on her crap and realizing she is completely full of herself.
I was there

Cadiz, KY

#16 Dec 17, 2012
Lay off already! Just because she wasn't a witness doesn't mean she didn't suffer. I was late to school that day which meant I was late to prayer group. I got to school just in time to hear the gun shots. I was upstairs and ran down when I heard what I thought was fire crackers. Right in front of my eyes was a childhood friend laying in the hallway between Mrs. Beckman and Mrs. Reeves classrooms. She had been covered up with her winter coat. Standing directly in front of me was a student holding his neck with blood coming out between his fingers. He hadn't realized he had been shot....I had to inform him. Please don't judge this person for writing her story, instead pray for her for her own personal experience with the tragedy. We all dealt with it in our own separate ways.
Cali

Chicago, IL

#17 Dec 17, 2012
I was there wrote:
Lay off already! Just because she wasn't a witness doesn't mean she didn't suffer. I was late to school that day which meant I was late to prayer group. I got to school just in time to hear the gun shots. I was upstairs and ran down when I heard what I thought was fire crackers. Right in front of my eyes was a childhood friend laying in the hallway between Mrs. Beckman and Mrs. Reeves classrooms. She had been covered up with her winter coat. Standing directly in front of me was a student holding his neck with blood coming out between his fingers. He hadn't realized he had been shot....I had to inform him. Please don't judge this person for writing her story, instead pray for her for her own personal experience with the tragedy. We all dealt with it in our own separate ways.
You obviously don't know her too well.
I was there

Cadiz, KY

#18 Dec 17, 2012
Cali wrote:
<quoted text>You obviously don't know her too well.
I know her VERY well. Not a huge fan, but see her point.
Maggie Benjamin

Louisville, KY

#19 Dec 17, 2012
I agree with "I was there." I don't care if the author is a b1tch or whatever. She had a story to tell, and she told it eloquently. I'm a native of Paducah, although I was living in TX when this happened. I can easily see how the author could get PTSD from the experience. She was there - maybe not at the time of the shootings, but she saw the bodies - so her thoughts and experience are efficacious for us all.
Cali

Chicago, IL

#20 Dec 18, 2012
Maggie Benjamin wrote:
I agree with "I was there." I don't care if the author is a b1tch or whatever. She had a story to tell, and she told it eloquently. I'm a native of Paducah, although I was living in TX when this happened. I can easily see how the author could get PTSD from the experience. She was there - maybe not at the time of the shootings, but she saw the bodies - so her thoughts and experience are efficacious for us all.
Like I stated. I was there. I know her. I know her attention seeking ways already. She did not see any bodies. and those of us who were there and know for a fact how she has embellished and spun this story are shocked by it. There are plenty of us who were there and know these things!

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