Parents, educators speak at 2016 Townville Elementary shooting hearing

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Published: May. 22, 2023 at 4:31 PM EDT|Updated: May. 22, 2023 at 4:40 PM EDT
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TOWNVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Two parents and three educators spoke during the motion hearing for a sentence reduction for the Townville Elementary School shooter Jesse Osborne.

“My son lost his friend that day,” said Jeff Bernard.

Jeff Bernard said his son now has PTSD because of the 2016 shooting that killed his son's best friend 6-year-old Jacob Hall at the hearing on Monday.

He said his son now has PTSD due to the shooting and jumps when a car backfires or hears fireworks. He said their lives have forever changed because of that day.

Another parent, whose child was shot, spoke about her child’s experience and how it has affected her family’s life as well.

“My child is forever going to have that label,” said Stephanie Edwards

A parent speaks at the hearing for the 2016 Townville Elementary shooting that killed a 6-year-old and wounded her own child on Monday.

Three Anderson County educators spoke about what happened the events immediately following.

Townville Elementary School teacher, Megan Hollingsworth, was on the playground with her class when Osborne opened fire. She said because of that day her life has forever changed.

“My life has forever been changed, the fear and pain is not in the forefront of our mind, recess is no longer a high point of our day, emotional wounds, constant worry and anxiety,” said Hollingsworth.

Megan Hollingsworth speaks about how her life has changed seven years after the shooting that killed 6-year-old Jacob Hall during the hearing on Monday.

Principal Denise Frederick also mentioned how she does wish Osborne to have a good life, but within the four walls of a prison.

“I do wish Jesse a life where he can live a productive life, but not outside the four walls of that prison, in the end good must prevail over evil,” said Frederick.

Townville Elementary School principal Denise Frederick speaks at hearing on Monday

Superintendent for Anderson School District Four Dr. Joanne Avery also spoke about what she saw and heard after the shooting took place in 2016.

“Shattered glass, bullet holes defacing the classroom door, a blood-soaked classroom rug and focused employees fiercely tending to the wounded,” said Avery.

Dr. Joanne Avery, superintendent of Anderson District 4, spoke about the aftermath of the school shooting at the hearing on Monday.

Nothing was decided at the end of the hearing. The judge will make his final decision at a later date.