In a world where school shootings are horrifyingly normal, parents worry that their kids will be next. A mother and newspaper editor faced a different nightmare last week in Benton, Kentucky when she rushed to the scene of a shooting at the county high school to discover that her 15-year-old son was the suspect.
Mary Garrison Minyard has declined to comment on the incident or her son, Gabe Parker, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported. He has been accused of using a handgun to shoot and kill two classmates and wound 14 other people right before class. The teenage boy now faces two counts of murder and at least 12 counts of first-degree assault, according to Reuters.
The two victims, Preston Cope and Bailey Holt, were also 15 years old.
On today’s show, Glenn pointed out that we’ve become numb to school shooting stories; they barely register as we follow the news. He wondered what we can pass on to our kids when we don’t really have a baseline for what “normal” means anymore.
“I hate to judge what ‘normal’ is anymore because I don’t know what ‘normal’ is anymore,” Glenn said. “Give my kids a ‘normal’ childhood? How? What is a ‘normal’ childhood?”
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This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
GLENN: So, remember, last week, this — this is horrible.
I should be able to get on and just say, so the school shooting. And we should all say, oh, yeah, last week. I’ll bet you there was a good number of people that were like, there was a school shooting last week? There was another deadly school shooting that happened last week, and it happened in Kentucky. Now, imagine, you’re a parent. And you’re either a policeman, and so you hear about it. Or you’re a reporter and you hear about it. And you rush to the school because you’re trying to cover it.
But also, you’re a parent. And you’ve got a kid in that school.
So you’re trying to do your job. And you’re freaking out about your kid. And is my kid safe? Is my kid safe? Is my kid safe? This was the problem with the editor of the Marshall County Daily online.
Tuesday morning, shots are fired. First, they think that it was in the shop. I think it was in the shop class. They heard the shots and thought it was just some banging on some metal. Then they realized after a few shots that it was actual gunfire.
So the word goes out. The police are dispatched. She’s a member of the press. She runs out.
She’s freaking out about her child.
And then she finds out that it is her son that is the shooter.
This is such a tragic story. I mean, for everybody involved.
15-year-old Gabe Parker, he’s accused of pulling out a handgun and then fatally shooting two classmates, wounding 14 other people. It was just before the class was supposed to begin.
Everybody who said they knew him — said, he was a really good kid. A nice kid. He was a sophomore. Played the trombone in the band. He was shy.
He would go fishing with his grandparents. They said that his grandma was his best friend.
One of the sophomores with him said, I was in the same math class with him. He was a really good kid. But he was quiet. Kept to himself.
Nobody knew, even mom standing outside. Nobody knew he had issues in school.
He was well-liked, everybody thought.
One of — or some of his friends started telling one reporter that he was — and they — they said snappy. He was snappy when he came back from Christmas break.
And he started talking about violence and how he wanted to join the Mafia. We don’t know yet what this kid’s story is. But he was definitely trying to shoot — he was definitely trying to shoot to kill. He shot two students right in the head.
Is that a shooter game? That is desensitized to that or at least made it so he’s really good at that. Not blaming it on the game. I don’t know what happened.
I do know that mom and dad were divorced. Dad apparently had a short fuse. Had a restraining order at one point.
But he’s charged now as a juvenile with two counts of murder, 12 counts of assault. They’re — he’s in jail now. And this week, they are going to try to move that he is tried as an adult.
Tomorrow, I want to talk to you a little bit about — about this a little bit more in-depth. In a conversation that my son and I had last night. And, you know, I hate to judge what normal is anymore. Because I don’t know what normal is anymore. I know what normal was for me is not normal anymore. Give my kids a normal childhood. How? What is a normal childhood? The one that I was raised in, or the one that my grandparents were raised in, or the one that’s happening now? We’ll talk a little bit about that, on tomorrow’s broadcast.