Kenny Bartley School Shooting Trial Begins Tuesday

By: Kim Bedford, Reporter
By: Kim Bedford, Reporter

Jacksboro, Campbell County (WVLT) - The trial for the teenager accused of killing a Campbell County High School administrator and wounding two others to begin Tuesday.

15-year-old Kenny Bartley is charged with one count of first degree murder, one count of felony murder and two counts of attempted first degree murder, for the shooting incident in November of 2005.

Volunteer TV's Kim Bedford spoke with the two shooting survivors Monday.

It's not easy for them to re-live what happened, but Principal Gary Seale and Assistant Principal Jim Pierce say they've been waiting for this trial to begin for quite some time.

"Ready for it. Ready to get it over with," says Principal Gary Seale.

It's been more than a year and four months since Campbell County High School Principal Gary Seale and Assistant Principal Jim Pierce say they were shot in this office by their former student, 15-year-old Kenny Bartley.

"You have different things to remind you. Whether it's mental or body scars or whatever, but it's just a daily thing. Everyday you think about it to some extent," says Jim Pierce.

"Changed my life forever. You cannot forget it. You remember it daily. You cannot sleep. You cannot eat. You just know that it happens," Seale says.

The flowers are thriving in Ken Bruce's Memorial Garden here behind the high school, a constant reminder that their friend and principal is gone, but his memory lives on.

"This is something that's not only affected my life, the Bruce family's life, the Pierce family's life, the community, the school, the students, just the whole factor of Campbell County," Seale says.

And this week's trial is a long reminder of what happened.

"You don't know what will come up from this, but it'll have some affect this coming week on the students, the student body and the faculty and everybody else," says Pierce.

Pierce and Seale say Bartley's trial will certainly bring a lot more closure for them, something they haven't had since November 8, 2005.

"You think about all this coming up. You just, you want to get it over with and get it behind you so you can start moving on with your life," Pierce adds.

"You'll feel relieved. Maybe no more questions," Seale says.

They say so many students still continue to look for answers. "Time has helped, but in the beginning it was very devastating and of course, this will make all of it come back right now," Pierce says.

"Traumatic experience, probably the worst nightmare Campbell County's ever gone through," Principal Seale explains.

So many people are affected by this trial and anxious to see what happens.


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