Townville Elementary releases statement on school shooting

TOWNVILLE, SC (WSPA)– Townville Elementary released a statement after a shooting incident happened at the school, Wednesday.

Every adult in our school is at our sweet school because they love and care for OUR CHILDREN. They care about their education, but most importantly they care about the safety and well-being of the precious ones in our care.

Today we witnessed and responded to a horrible act perpetrated on innocent children and selfless teachers and staff. Although there was fear, the response was fearless of Townville staff. Safety of children was primary. Please lift up our children, our staff, parents, and larger community. God bless them all! This should not have happened in Townville – it should NOT HAPPEN ANYWHERE! Help us all wrap loving arms around our children, staff, and families as we move forward seeking to regain a sense of security. School safety must continue to be a priority in our communities.

We practice drills of various nature with our children to prepare, as best we can. However, it takes quick thinking and common sense to act once an actual event presents on campus. That action and thought was evidenced today as the events unfolded.

Today, Becky (the 911 operator) was calm when I was not. Mr. Brock subduing the shooter was nothing short of a blessing. The many police officers (our FRIENDS in blue) amazed us with their professionalism, precision, and care. Our EMS response team and Fire Dept (more FRIENDS) provided medical care and treatment to our two students and teacher with one focus: best care for the patients. Nurse Langdale and Mrs. Nolte were with our most critically injured student until EMS took over. They were angels. Pastor Kyle and Nette Caudell was there to comfort and reassure children. Bus drivers transported us to Oakdale Baptist to reunite parents and their children. Parents and families, although anxious and worried, followed directions to ensure a safe reunification at Oakdale. Teachers were taking care of our children- keeping our children as safe as possible. Teachers were with our children. And our children…our children…they were nothing less than astounding. They did as they were told and that was key to keeping them safe and allowing law enforcement to assess situation and clear the building. Our district superintendent, our State Superintendent of Education, district staff, and school board members came immediately to provide support on-site. Pastor Blizzard opened the church doors for a prayer meeting tonight for the entire community.

As horrible as today was, I’m just so grateful too for all the love, care, and prayers offered to our children, staff, and community. I’m grateful Mrs. Hollingsworth is home tonight. I’m grateful one of our injured students is resting at home this evening too. Please continue to keep our school close in prayer. Please continue to keep our critically injured 1st grade student in your thoughts and prayers.

This should not have happened in Townville – it should not happen anywhere.

We covet your prayers.

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