heath high school

A federal appeals court panel is considering whether Heath High School gunman Michael Carneal should be allowed to take back his guilty plea and get a trial.

Carneal was 14 in 1997 when he shot and killed three classmates and wounded more. Carneal has schizophrenia and is arguing that he wasn't mentally competent to plead guilty to the shooting at the time.

Three McCracken County school have been chosen to participate in the state Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest sposored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.  Heath, Reidland and Lone Oak high schools will take part in the state finals with 15 other Kentucky high schools. The program is now in its eighth year and encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization and recitation.  Winner of the state competition receives $200 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete for the  national championship.

A federal appeals court has set an October 10th hearing date to take up the case of the man convicted in the 1997 Heath High School shooting in Paducah.