White House calls ahead of Obama's visit after student killed - WKRN News 2

White House calls McGavock ahead of president's visit after student killed

Posted: Updated: Jan 29, 2014 11:33 PM
Kevin Barbee, 15, was shot and killed Tuesday night. Kevin Barbee, 15, was shot and killed Tuesday night.
Kaemon Robinson, 17, is charged with the shooting. Kaemon Robinson, 17, is charged with the shooting.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at McGavock High School in Nashville Thursday afternoon, just days after a student at the school was shot and killed by classmate.

Kaemon Robinson, 17, is accused of firing the shot that took the life of his friend and fellow student, 15-year-old Kevin Barbee.

The shooting occurred Tuesday night at an apartment complex in Hermitage.

Both students attended McGavock High School.

The White House worried it would be inappropriate for the president to visit the school so soon after the tragedy and called the school Wednesday morning to ask if they wanted them to cancel, according to school officials.

Metro School Board Member Anna Shepherd told News 2 the principal discussed it with the two families involved and both felt the president's visit would be a nice tribute.

When asked whether or not President Obama would discuss gun violence during his speech, White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Ernest said he couldn't preview what he would say Thursday.

"Unfortunately, the experience McGavock is going through right now in terms of the loss of a student to gun violence is an experience that too many high schools all across the country have had to go through in recent years," Ernest said.

Student body president Ronald Elliott, who is also the co-captain of McGavock's football team, will introduce the president at the school Thursday afternoon.

News 2 will be carrying Mr. Obama's visit to Nashville live on-air and online at wkrn.com/live.

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