Posted: Dec 17, 2012 11:21 AM
Updated: Dec 17, 2012 11:42 AM
Ryle High School basketball coach Alan Mullins took his usual place along the sidelines as his Raiders took on Scott County in Georgetown Friday night.
But with the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school earlier in the day, his mind wasn't completely on basketball.
The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a vivid reminder for the Ryle skipper. He was involved in one of the first school shootings back in 1997, when then 14-year-old Michael Carneal opened fire on a group of students, killing three and injuring five more.
"I was employed as a school psychologist in McCracken County, the only psychologist in the whole district, and, you know, it was just an awful morning. I still remember it very clearly, December first," he said.
Mullins said the tragedy affects him to this day and was largely responsible for his move back home to northern Kentucky.
"After that event, I actually left that school system at the end of that school year. Not because of discord with that community. I love that community down there in western Kentucky. But because it showed me the importance of family, and showed me how much I needed to get back to northern Kentucky to be near my parents and my immediate family."
Scott County won Friday's game 76-36.