Father of Marshall County High School victim calls for change in light of Texas mass shooting

BENTON, Ky. (WKRN) – More than four years ago, a shooting at Marshall County High School in Kentucky left two students dead. Among them was Preston Cope, a 15-year-old boy who was killed by a classmate.

Since the horrible day, the Preston family has been calling for change.

On January 23, 2018, Brian Cope told his son that he loved him and watched as he took his last breath. Tuesday, he witnessed another mass shooting take place, this time at an elementary school in Texas.

Preston’s parents continue to work to make schools safer around the country and say more needs to be done.

Brian Cope said: “Our hearts and prayers go out to these families because we know what they’re going through, it’s devastating.

On Tuesday, at least 19 children and a teacher were shot dead at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

For Brian, it brought back memories of horror as well as anger without changing anything.

“Evil will pass, we know it, but we can make it harder and we can make it harder targets. Our schools are soft targets,” said Cope. “If we can protect our airports, we can protect the government buildings we pass in Washington and protect all of our congressmen and representatives, why? can’t we protect our children?”

Cope believes in increasing security in every school. That means there will be more school resource officers, metal detectors, additional security cameras, and guests will have to pay attention to the building.

“It’s not a gun, it’s the devil, if we take the gun away, they’ll find rocks, they’ll find another weapon. We need to focus on mental health,” said Cope. “If we have to raise taxes, whatever we have to do, we have to do something to protect these kids.”

Police say their faith has helped them through the excruciating pain a parent can imagine.

“My youngest son, my only son left, is named Maddox and he’s a freshman and it’s been hard to send him back to Marshall County to start high school this year. We just believe in our trust in God that he will take care of him,” said Cope.

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While Marshall County Schools has taken steps to protect their students, Cope hopes Tuesday’s horrific shooting will be another wake-up call for politicians.

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