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Police ask for privacy for Marshall County victims

Students and community members held hands in prayer before classes at Paducah Tilghman High School in Paducah, Ky., Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. The gathering was held for the victims of the Marshall County High School shooting on Tuesday.
Students and community members held hands in prayer before classes at Paducah Tilghman High School in Paducah, Ky., Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. The gathering was held for the victims of the Marshall County High School shooting on Tuesday. AP

After Marshall County High School parents reported inappropriate social media comments and “excessive” attempts by the media and public to contact them, the Kentucky State Police appealed Thursday for privacy for the families.

Some Marshall County family members and students have posted social media updates or freely shared information, but others have found the attention “hurtful.”

Information about the 15-year-old charged in the shootings also has been posted online. His name has not been released by authorities. Juveniles aren’t identified, but prosecutors have said they want to move the case to adult court.

Here’s the full statement from state police:

BENTON, Ky. (Jan. 25, 2018) – Kentucky State Police (KSP) is appealing to the media and general public to allow privacy for families impacted by this week’s tragic shooting in Marshall County.

Families of Marshall County students have contacted KSP with serious privacy concerns, particularly in regard to their minor children — many of whom are still recovering from psychological trauma and physical injuries.

They report that members of the public and media have made excessive attempts to contact them in recent days, requesting private information and interviews. Families have also endured negative and inappropriate comments on social media.

KSP asks all members of the media and public to respect the dignity and privacy of the victims and their families.

One of the families has asked KSP to release the following statement on their behalf: “Please stop calling and texting us, especially our minor children who are victims. It is inappropriate and hurtful to our already grieving families.”

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