Highway named after Campbell County principal killed in shooting

Highway named after Campbell County principal killed in shooting

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"I want them to think about how Ken lived his life, to think to themselves have I done all I can do today? And if I haven't what should I be doing? Because that's what that sign means for me," Jo Bruce said. "I want them to think about how Ken lived his life, to think to themselves have I done all I can do today? And if I haven't what should I be doing? Because that's what that sign means for me," Jo Bruce said.
Ken's life is what the Bruce family hopes drivers think of when they pass the newly unveiled sign for the Ken Bruce Memorial Highway. Ken's life is what the Bruce family hopes drivers think of when they pass the newly unveiled sign for the Ken Bruce Memorial Highway.
"So many people are going to school here and every day when they come to school here they're going to see that sign and remember Ken Bruce, not for what happened, not for the tragic event but for all the good deeds he did for his country and his community "So many people are going to school here and every day when they come to school here they're going to see that sign and remember Ken Bruce, not for what happened, not for the tragic event but for all the good deeds he did for his country and his community

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

JACKSBORO (WATE) Eight years after a Campbell County assistant principal was gunned down, the highway outside of the school was named in his honor.

Back in 2005, investigators say Kenny Bartley opened fire at Campbell County High School killing Ken Bruce and injuring two other administrators.

"Often times now when you hear the name Ken Bruce, the first thing that comes to mind was that last moment in the high school where he lost his life," explained Ken Bruce's widow, Jo Bruce. "But he lived his life in an amazing way."

That life is what the Bruce family hopes drivers think of when they pass the newly unveiled sign for the Ken Bruce Memorial Highway.

"I want them to think about how Ken lived his life, to think to themselves have I done all I can do today? And if I haven't what should I be doing? Because that's what that sign means for me," Jo Bruce said.

A husband. A veteran. An educator. And a father.  Ken Bruce was much more than the victim of a school shooting. And that's the man Ken's son Chris hopes to tell his 14-month-old daughter about. 

"I look forward to telling her about him one day," Chris Bruce said looking down at his daughter Ainsley. "She'll never know quite the impression but I think seeing things like this will help her understand how big a man he was."

Bruce's service to Campbell County is what State Representative Dennis Powers hopes the hundreds of drivers think of each day as they drive down the one mile stretch outside of the high school.

"So many people are going to school here and every day when they come to school here they're going to see that sign and remember Ken Bruce, not for what happened, not for the tragic event but for all the good deeds he did for his country and his community," Rep. Powers.

As the family prepares themselves for the upcoming new trial. they say this permanent honor will give them hope as they continue to move forward.

"It's nice to have this, especially now, as we start the journey all over again," Jo Bruce said. "To have this wonderful memory of who he was, I hope that everyone just remembers who he was."

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