Kentucky School Shooting Victim’s Mother Says Daughter Called Her as She Died

BENTON, Ky. — Bailey Holt’s cell phone rang incessantly, but the 15-year-old didn’t answer.

A mass shooting had just started at her Kentucky high school. Bailey’s mother panicked at hearing the news and kept trying to reach her daughter, but to no avail.

Finally, Bailey called her mom back. It was one of the final acts of her young life.

“She called me, and all I could hear was voices, chaos in the background,” her mother Secret Holt told WKRN. “She couldn’t say anything, and I tried to call her name over and over and over, and she never responded.”

Bailey died at Marshall County High School on Tuesday. Another 15-year-old, Preston Cope, later died at a hospital.

By the end of the rampage, 16 other people had been shot — including Bailey’s first boyfriend, who was shot in the face but survived, Bailey’s parents told WKRN. The young couple started dating six months ago.

After the mass shooting, buses took surviving students to another school, where parents waited. Secret and Jasen Holt waited for Bailey to walk off one of the buses. But she never did.

The ‘perfect daughter’

Though she was only 15, Bailey already knew she wanted to be a labor and delivery nurse, her family said.

Jasen Holt recalled driving his daughter to school Tuesday morning and kissing her goodbye for the last time.

“She was perfect in every way,” Jasen Holt told WKRN. “She was an angel here on earth. She was a perfect angel.”

Authorities haven’t identified the 15-year-old suspect, who is charged with two counts of murder and 12 counts of first-degree assault.

Bailey’s mother said she’s praying for him and his family, too.

“Whatever that kid had going through his mind, I don’t know,” she said. “But if he needed a friend, I know she would’ve been a friend to him and talked to him about anything he needed because that’s just the kind of person she was.”


  • trucker

    Google “survey of public school teachers in 1940, the top disciplinary problems listed included talking out of turn, chewing gum, running in the halls, dress-code violations, and littering.”
    We banned God and the ten commandments and teach Darwin as a holy writ, never to be questioned.
    In 2018 a survey of Homeschooling Parents would show, the top disciplinary problems are talking out of turn, running in the house and not eating their veggies.
    We need prayer, after weeping in repentance.

    • just stop

      Yet throughout history, religion has been one of the dividing factors between nations and a starter of wars. We need to teach ethics, life skills, and try to help each other instead of dividing each other. There are MANY people who are good without god, and many who are in jail for murder and identify as Christian. Leave your religion out of this.

  • Will there ever be a end to these school shootings?

    This is something no parents should ever have to go threw. The loss of such a young innocent child. Why is there so much hate in this world today. What could bring you such anger you decide to got to school on a killing rampage . this dont make you cool or popular . this is sick , cruel and UN just. Such beautiful life’s wasted. And yes I feel for the parents who are praying for this child of evil who took their childs life but at the same time you can’t have mercy on their soul . they robbed this Lil girl and on other childs life and permanently scared the other children for life as well. But for what… For what really …?? They need to vamp up security at all schools metal detectors and drug dogs. Us tax payers wouldn’t mind paying more taxes to insure our children are 💯’ safe at school from drugs and weapons . such innocent children lost their life’s today and got wounded and scared for life because this child decided to go on a shooting rampage at school….. There comes a point and a time that walking into the school should be like walking into a court house . we need to push for max security that teachers students n staff must go threw in order to enter the building. Life’s are more important than paying a bit more for our students , staffs safety. Schools need to be stricter on safety . now ill say a prayer for the 2 lost students the many wounded students staff and family’s scared by this such awful act.

    • just stop

      More security may help. Lives* and humans have always been this way. By having more children and more humans on this planet, we will see more destruction.

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