Joan Avery, the superintendent of Anderson Co. Schools says they will be removing the Jacob Hall memorial.
She released the following statement:
It has been over a month and a half since the shooting at Townville Elementary School. Shortly after the shooting, a spontaneous memorial was created when students and concerned community members placed stuffed animals, balloons, and personal messages at the front of the school grounds. Jacob’s family, along with the Townville School family, has expressed appreciation for this outpouring of support from the local and broader community.
During the last few weeks, community members, along with the SCDOT Commission, worked together to establish a more permanent memorial for Jacob in the Townville community. The Jacob L. Hall Memorial Interchange, located at the intersection of I-85 and Highway 24, has been announced, and SCDOT has placed 4 signs to signify this special recognition for our Jacob. All who travel this area on I-85 and on Highway 24 will see these signs in honor and memory of Jacob.
We have taken pictures of the temporary memorial and will provide them to Jacob’s parents as well as we have offered them some of the stuffed animals and items left there. Any items left will either be donated to a local shelter or mulched for future use in an area honoring the victims of this tragedy. Our plan is to remove items from the temporary memorial by November 21, 2016. This information is being shared with staff and we ask parents to talk with your children about this so they are not surprised.
We continue to keep all victims of this senseless act of violence in our thoughts and prayers. And we also want to express our appreciation for the outpouring of support and love from all corners of this nation as it is helping us heal.