Reporter Rushed to Scene of Kentucky School Shooting Only to Find That Her Son Was the Suspect

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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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.

The conditions in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule — for Americans, allies, Christians, women and more — continue to deteriorate, and the people there continue to plead that we will not forget them. On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck gave an emotional update on current evacuation efforts, including the tragic story of one girl — an American passport holder — who was not rescued in time.

"I have a pit in my stomach like I haven't had in a while. What is happening in Afghanistan is both miraculous and horrendous," Glenn began. "What's going on right now one of the most amazing things I've ever personally witnessed — the evacuation of Americans, those [Afghans] who helped us, Christians that are dying, women that are under incredible conditions. I see things that I can't show you. I see the pleadings from people who are in safe houses, 'Please, don't forget us.' I see what they're being sent by the Taliban.

"If I die today, my entire life will have been worth it for what you have helped get done, in just the last three weeks. You have saved well over 5,000 people," he continued.

Fighting back tears, Glenn added, "I ask that you pray for those in the Middle East, that are in the midst of doing work, that a Moses-style miracle will happen. ... There are several people that are in dire need of medical care. Friday, we told you — along with the congressman from Oklahoma [Rep. Markwayne Mullin] who had just returned — [about] a father and two daughters that were blue passport Americans, and a mother who had a permanent residence, a Green Card. The daughter was very ill. And they thought, that if we couldn't get her out of there, that she would lose her legs. I got a call on Saturday morning, that we were too late, that she didn't lose her legs. She lost her life, waiting. There are now two Americans, instead of three."

Glenn showered his audience with gratitude, repeating that "well over 5000" lives have already been saved because of their incredible generosity, but lamented that there are still thousands more people yet to be saved.

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Megyn Kelly pulled her sons out of the private elementary school they attended after she learned that the boys were asked "weekly" if they were still sure they were boys. But that's not all that this "experimental transgender education program" taught.

Megyn joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to tell the story, which she thought had ended when the school apologized, and to talk about what's next for America as our leaders refuse to promote actual psychological support for our kids and instead "parade" transgenderism as the solution to their problems.

"When [my son] was in third grade, I found out they unleashed a three-week experimental transgender education program on these boys, with really inappropriate videos. The kids were confused. These are 8- and 9-year-olds, Glenn. They have no idea what the school is even talking about with the trans thing. They got really in-depth, with really in-your-face videos — and then parents complained. And the school did something it hasn't done in its 400-year history, which was they apologized. Even they realized they had done wrong," Megyn explained.

"But, then I said to my son a year later, so did they ever round back to the trans thing? Like, whatever happened with it? And he said ... they bring it up every week. ... [They ask] how many people here still feel confident that they're a boy? Do you still feel sure you're a boy?" she continued. "This is not support. This is not nonbullying. This is indoctrination. And it's deeply confusing to the children, and wrong."

Megyn went on to give examples of how she's seen trans ideology turn "support, nonbullying, kindness, friendship, allyship, on its head."

"The absolute surrender of the medical community to this insanity is a scourge on this nation. It's disgusting what is happening with our doctors," she added. "There are people who are legitimately transgender, or who have gender dysphoria. And for those people, we should be supportive and they should get the care that they need. But what we've done instead, is taken everyone who expresses any kind of gender confusion and said, you're trans. You're trans. And we have our psychiatrists doing this."

"It's crazy," Megyn asserted. "The fact that we're doing this so willy-nilly in the name of allyship and support, it's abusive. It's criminal."

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"Never forget" is not only a tribute to those we've lost, it's a warning that it could happen AGAIN. On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck looks back 20 years ago to the modern generation's Pearl Harbor moment. A day of infamy we're STILL feeling repercussions from.

But in remembering 9/11, we need to look toward the future because the Biden administration is setting us up for the NEXT 9/11. They bungled the Afghanistan withdrawal, and now we have video of top al Qaeda commanders — who served with Osama bin Laden — returning to the country. But could America survive another terror attack?

Glenn asks former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the leader who brought America back from the brink. He tells Glenn about the moment he learned the Twin Towers were struck, the actions he took to prevent more terrorism, and if he thinks NYC could survive another attack under Mayor de Blasio's leadership.

Glenn is also joined by Rev. Johnnie Moore, author of "The Next Jihad." He warns that Biden's policies in the Middle East are Obama 2.0, and "if you thought ISIS was bad, you haven't seen anything yet. We must keep our eyes on Iran."

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