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Funding awarded to help survivors of school shooting

August 31, 2020 GMT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A state grant of more than $400,000 will help support survivors of a school shooting in western Kentucky, officials said.

Two 15-year-old students, Bailey Holt and Preston Cope, were killed and more than a dozen others were injured when another student opened fire at Marshall County High School in 2018.

The grant from the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet’s Office for Victims of Crime will be used to strengthen an online learning program and establish an archive of condolences, a statement from the agency said.

The statement said the award would fund a full-time director and teacher and a part-time counselor for the online program, which serves shooting survivors who no longer feel safe attending in-person classes. It also will help preserve letters, cards and gifts sent to the school so survivors can continue to use them for emotional support, officials said.