Conn. shooting stirs up past memories at local high school game

Conn. shooting stirs up past memories at local high school basketball game

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By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

CAMPBELL COUNTY (WATE) - On Friday evening, Campbell County High School Lady Cougars played the Central High School Bobcats, the same day as the fatal Connecticut school shooting.

Ironically, the incident hits home for both of these teams.

In 2005, a 15-year-old Campbell County student opened fire the school's main office.  An assistant principal was killed, and two others were injured.

"Someone heard shots, I went to the office, 2 people were lying injured a third one was on the floor. Someone was on top of the shooter. I got a rope, tied up the shooter, got him out and gave first aid to the other people," said Col. Knud Salveson. 

In 2008 at Central High School, one student shot and killed another in the cafeteria.

"It was a couple years later that our shooting happened. People talk about it being surreal. It really is because when it happened I was on my way to go to the cafeteria where the shooter was and they sent everyone back to the classroom," said Central Coach Tony Patterson.

On the surface, it's just a basketball game.  But for many, the Connecticut shooting has stirred up memories that are tough to talk about tonight.

"It's not a good feeling. That's all I got to say about that," said Col. Salveson.

An unwanted bond between these two schools is now shared with the one in Connecticut.

"Before it really happens you know school shootings can happen but you don't think it'll happen at your school. After it happens to you, like the people at Campbell County, there are times I've heard the book fall and make a loud noise and you look and see if it's another shooting," said Patterson.

With a painful past, the lesson that these two schools have learned is that you still have to get back in the game.

"That school is going through a whole lot of anguish and a grief. It's not easy to go through that. When you lose someone close to you, when you lose little kids it's even worse," said Col. Salveson.

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