A statement by Attorney General Andy Beshear, referencing the January 2018 Marshall County High School shooting, in Kentucky’s most recent gubernatorial debate touched off criticism from local and state politicians, and a subsequent rebuttal from former officials. Near the end of Tuesday’s debate at the University of Kentucky, Gov. Matt Bevin invoked the shooting when asked about funding school safety, referencing a bracelet he said was given by family of some of the shooting victims. After Bevin’s comments, Beshear said he had also spoken with victim families, stating, “I also met with the parents of the Marshall County school shooting, and while I didn’t go in front of the cameras, what I offered them was every resource of our office.” He followed up with general comments on school safety. It was not the first time the local high school shooting came up in a televised debate.