In Other News … Marshall County High tragedy, Rand Paul attacker to plead guilty, Lawrence nominated for Razzie Award

Marshall County High School

Marshall County High School: A school shooting occurred at Marshall County High School in Benton, Ky., on Tuesday, reports TIME, NBC News and CBS News.

A 15-year-old boy opened fire on students headed to class around 8 a.m., killing two students and injuring another 18 people. Police were on the scene by 8:06 a.m.

Bailey Holt, 15, died at the scene; Preston Ryan Cope, also 15, died at the hospital. Kentucky State Police said Tuesday night 16 were injured by gunfire, the others were injured trying to escape.

Police say they were able to arrest the shooter almost immediately through “nonviolent” means. He’s charged with murder and attempted murder. Authorities declined to identify the suspect or possible motive.

Bailey Holt’s mother, Secret Holt, said she tried to call her daughter after news of the shooting, says USA Today.

In an interview with Lexington’s NBC affiliate, LEX18, Mrs. Holt said the 15-year-old called back, but could not respond.

But she couldn’t say anything, and I kept calling her name over and over and over and she couldn’t respond, and we just thought that that was her way of telling us that she was OK.

The Washington Post reports she told WKRN in Nashville:

Whatever that kid had going through his mind, I don’t know. But if he needed a friend, I know she would have been a friend to him, and talked to him about anything that he needed. That’s just the kind of person she was.

She said she would pray for the suspect’s family because “they’re going through a lot right now too.”

The Washington Post and Salon report a vigil was held Thursday night at 8 p.m. Organizer Misti Drew told The Associated Press:

I think everybody has been visibly trying to find something positive; they are reaching for anything good to try and focus on.

ABC News talked with senior Kennadi Spraggs, who thought the first shot was a balloon popping:

I heard five more, and it was, like, unmistakable. You knew it was about to be really bad. Everyone was just screaming and crying and running and saying, ‘Get down.’ No one knew what to do.

I thought that if you get down, there’s a chance that you’ll never get back up. I just took off. I ran as fast as I could.

Bryson Conkwright watched in horror as the teenage boy pulled a gun on his classmates at their school in Benton, about 120 miles northwest of Nashville.

Conkwright told Robin Roberts of ABC’s “Good Morning America”:

I was a little to the side. I was basically in the group. I see this kid walk up. I didn’t pay that much attention to (him). I turn back and he draws a gun out from his side and I’m like … I didn’t know what to think at all. And I see this kid draw up his gun and he just points it.

By the time he pulled the trigger, it hit me that this kid … he’s shooting at us, he’s shooting at us and I was just sitting there in shock and watching my friends and people that I’ve known forever … just dropped. It was unbelievable.

The New York Times notes this is the roughly the 50th school shooting of the academic year and the 11th of the calendar year, and it’s still only January. There was a shooting in Italy, Texas, only the day before.

The Chicago Tribune says the suspect may be tried as an adult. After a series of hearings in juvenile court, the case will go to the grand jury. They will meet again on Feb. 13.

Rand Paul | Courtesy of Lexington Herald-Leader

Ribbing: Rene Boucher, the man accused of attacking Sen. Rand Paul in November, agreed to plead guilty this week, says CNN. The Hill and Slate say federal prosecutors are recommending a 21-month prison sentence.

On Nov. 3, 2017, Mr. Boucher allegedly charged down the hill of his property, tackling his neighbor, Sen. Paul, as he stepped from his riding lawn mower. Sen. Paul says he was wearing headphones and thus unaware of his neighbor’s approach. The assault gave Paul six broken ribs, resulting in damaged lungs which led to two bouts of pneumonia.

Neither man has been fully forthcoming on the motivation behind the attack, though Mr. Boucher’s attorneys say it was frustration over Mr. Paul’s lawn care practices and nothing to do with his politics, which the court documents support. Mr. Boucher told Kentucky State Police it was “a property dispute that finally boiled over.”

For his part, Sen. Paul says the reason doesn’t so much matter. He told Fox News in late November:

After my ribs were broken, then he said things to me to try to indicate why he was unhappy, but I think the, I guess to me the bottom line is it isn’t so important — if someone mugs you is it really justified for any reason?

You don’t really know what’s in someone’s mind and so it may have some relevance, but for the most part the real question should be ‘Are you allowed to attack someone from behind in their yard when they’re out mowing their grass?’

The answer to that question is sure, but you’ll probably get in trouble and maybe go to prison for a minute if it’s a sitting U.S. senator. And to your first point, you have at least a hint of what’s in his mind because you say he told you.

I mean, his point stands and it’s more than his right to disclose however much or little he wants. But it’s an odd story so the curiosity as to why it happened is no surprise.

Maybe he’ll say next week. The Hill reports Sen. Paul will return to “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” next Wednesday, Jan. 31, the day after President Trump is scheduled to make his State of the Union address.

Razzmatazz: The 38th annual Golden Raspberry Awards, also known as the Razzies, announced their nominees this week says Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, CNN and ABC News. This year’s Razzies for the worst in cinema include “Tranformers: The Last Knight,” which leads with nine nominations, “Baywatch,” Tom Cruise for “The Mummy” and Jennifer Lawrence for “mother!” alongside co-star Javier Bardem and director Darren Aronofsky.

The Razzies are a mock award event celebrating the worst achievements in cinema. Which in the case of “mother!” has stirred up some controversy once again, particularly in the case of Ms. Lawrence. /Film, Teen Vogue and IGN highlight the misplaced nod and much of the internet agrees.

I get maybe “mother!” wasn’t everyone’s thing — it wasn’t supposed to be. And I know every year is different, but you can’t tell me Ms. Lawrence’s performance belongs in the same pit of dispair as say, 2009’s Razzie winner, Paris Hilton for her role as Cristabel Abbott in “The Hottie and the Nottie.”

You don’t even need to see either movie to know that’s true. No one walked out of “The Hottie and the Nottie” saying, “You know, I was surprisingly moved by Paris Hilton’s performance. She really made me understand the inner turmoil of having an unattractive friend.”

GQ suggests you ignore the whole thing, which in fairness, the whole thing is intended as a goof; GQ just thinks it’s a goof grown stale decades ago, feebly attempting to stay relevant by calling out people who will get them a headline, not necessarily the worst films or practitioners. So something like a polarizing “mother!” with it’s A+ cast and director is a pretty easy punching bag.

And it gets you far more attention to nominate someone like an Anthony Hopkins for “Worst Actor” in most anything he’s done than it would to nominate Rob Schneider for “Worst Actor” in most anything he’s done.

Vanity Fair agrees, saying the awards snubbed some genuinely terrible films like “The Book of Henry” and “The Snowman.”

The Razzies will be awarded March 3, a day shy of the Oscars.

Totally Rad Reunion: A touching reunion of sorts happened this week, as one of New York’s most famous residents visited a gathering for the man for whom he was named. TIME, artnet and Nerdist report Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Michelangelo came face to face with his namesake’s work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition: “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer.”


It’s about time.

See you next week.