On Monday Jan. 23, at Italy High School in a town near Dallas, TX, a shooting left one student wounded. A 16-year-old boy— who is now charged as a juvenile with aggravated assault— opened fire, injuring one 15-year-old female. The name of the charged teen will not be released due to their age.
17-year-old student Cassie Shook was not surprised after hearing what had happened at her school: she had made complaints about the shooter to the school twice, which had resulted in no action taken.
“This could have been avoidable, there were so many signs,” Shook said.
After meeting with the wounded student, Superintendent Lee Joffre released a statement saying that the injured individual was shot multiple times and her name would also not be released.
One day later, 974 miles away, another shooting took place in Marshall County High School, KY. 17 students were wounded and two were killed. The victims who lost their lives were Bailey Holt and Preston Cope, both age 15.
The 15-year-old male was arrested at the scene and will be tried as an adult in court. The suspect had walked into school with a handgun and started shooting at 8:57 a.m., as reported by the Kentucky state police.
Since 2013, there has been a total of 284 school shootings. Whether or not any legislation will be passed soon is unknown. Police are conducting more investigations and both stories will continue to develop.