Special connection links Morgan County to mass stabbing at PA school

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

WEST LIBERTY, Ky (WYMT) - It has been a little more than a week since a student in Pennsylvania stabbed 22 people in the halls of Franklin Regional High School.

Now as that community begins to heal, another community that is a little closer to home, is hoping to help with that process.

The city of West Liberty is no stranger to tragedy. Back in March of 2012, a tornado hit and most of the town was destroyed.

Morgan County High School Guidance Counselor Lori Keeton tells WYMT that many residents were left helpless.

"When you think of natural disasters or such horrific tragic events, you hear them on the news. But you do not ever think that will happen to you and for us, we were the natural disaster in 2012," said Keeton.

For students and staff at Morgan County High School, relief came from an unexpected place.

Each year at Franklin Regional High School, their students raise money for a worthy cause and that year, it was for the Cougars.

"It was a box of t-shirts and a $1,500 check that they had given to the students in our school," said Keeton.

So now as that school faces its own hardship, students like Senior Cheyenne Harper, want to return the favor.

"It really would show the kids at the Pennsylvania school that we actually do care," said Harper.

There message is simple and painted on a banner. It reads, "hate cannot drive out hatred; only love can do that".

Freshman Abby Lemaster said she is glad they can use their love for painting to help others.

"I thought it was a really good idea because art can symbolize hope," said Lemaster.

Harper could not agree more.

"Even though it is bad now, they will be able to brush it off and it will get better later," said Harper.

Staff at Morgan County High School plan to send the banner to Franklin Regional High School soon.

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