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Kentucky high school student shares experience of 'chaos' during mass shooting



For students of Marshall County High School, Tuesday's mass shooting is something they will forever remember.

Two students are dead and seventeen injured after a 15-year-old student opened fire on his classmates.

One of the students caught in the frenzy was junior Taylor Droke. As fate would have it, Droke says she and a friend whom she carpools with were running late this morning. They drove up just as shots were being fired.

"We were pulling in somewhere around 7:50 this morning. There's a guard shack at the entrance of the parking lot and had just passed the guard when I see a flood of students run out from under the school bus canopy," Droke says.

"Then one of the guards in the lot yelled 'there's a shooter' to everyone." Droke says the scene became "mass chaos."

"You could see students dropping their bags and just start running, pushing past each other. Everyone in cars started turning around and driving away. Kids were jumping the fence around the school and running through the woods," Droke says.

After exiting the lot, Droke used Facetime to contact her mother as friend Lindy King drove away from the school. They started asking kids who were running if they needed a ride.

King picked up two sophomore students and drove them to Central Elementary, where she believes one of them had a family member who worked there. King gave her schoolmates her cell phone to call family.

"Everyone just left their bags and ran so people had no cell phones since they left them behind in the bags," Droke says.

Droke says she's thankful she was running late or she could have been in the common area with all the other students. "In the morning, everyone is held in the common area. The cafeteria entrance is there where you can eat breakfast but the hallways don't open up until 7:45 for help."

For students who are not getting teacher assistance at that time, they wait in the common area until 8:04 a.m., when the first bell rings and students have to report to first period.

"There are a bunch of 'mushrooms' where students usually sit and talk," Droke says. "There's only three or four doors unlocked at the school during that time."

"I'm just in shock. I'm just thankful I was running a little bit late to school or I would have been in the commons," Droke says.

Kentucky State Police report the gunman, a 15-year-old student, opened fire at 7:57 a.m. Tuesday morning. The shooting killed two students and injured 17 others. Police have not expanded on exactly where the gunman opened fire.

Taylor's father, Geoff Droke, is also a graduate of Marshall County High School.

"It's a scary thing," Geoff says. "Just happens to be a day I didn't drop her off. Luckily, she's okay. You don't ever think it will happen to your child. A lot of prayers out to the families. It's a terrible thing."

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