Looking ahead one year after Townville Elem. shooting

FILE - A memorial grows outside of Townville Elementary.

TOWNVILLE, SC (WSPA) – One year ago, Thursday, tragedy struck at an Upstate school.

A year after investigators say a 14-year-old boy shot and killed his father before shooting two children and a teacher at Townville Elementary, it’s about looking ahead.

“As the days move forward that’s really been the focus to find the good in life,” says Anderson District Four Superintendent Joanne Avery.

Six-year-old Jacob Hall was one of the students shot. He later died.

But everyone grieves differently. For many, one year later, the healing process has begun. For others, who witnessed the terror that day, it’s a struggle to move on.

For them it’s a hope that some day they will find a new normalcy in this small Anderson County town.

The Anderson County community rallied around the first grader and his family by wearing superhero clothing on the day of his funeral.

In November, the state Department of Transportation renamed with Highway 24 interchange on Interstate 85 in Jacob’s honor.

It’s all part of the community’s motto “Townville Strong.”

“You know, we did a lot of things to help support them and we still do it today, it’s just the way it is when you live in a small community everybody helps everybody,” says Townville native Robert Cox.

The superintendent says they’re trying to make the day as normal as possible for the students.