Reactions To The Townville Elementary Shooting Show Frustration & Fear
A shooting at Townville Elementary School on Wednesday left two students and one teacher with injuries. Reactions to the Townville elementary school shooting show how shocked and outraged individuals across the country are to watch another tragedy involving gun violence unfold.
Details of the shooting at Townville Elementary School are still emerging. Both students shot at the South Carolina school are said to have non-life-threatening injuries, according to NBC News. One student did travel by helicopter and is being treated at a pediatric trauma center, while another student and a teacher went to AnMed Health Medical Center. AnMed Health Medical Center spokesperson Ross Norton told CNN that both of the shooting victims being treated there "are in good condition." Greenville Health System spokesperson Sandy Dees said that she did not know the condition of the other child shot at the school.
All other Townville students traveled by bus to a church in Anderson County to meet up with parents and guardians, The New York Times reported. A teenager is in custody. A body found at an Osborne Road home about three miles from Townville Elementary School appears to be linked to the shooting, according to NBC affiliate WYFF. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley released a statement about the Townville shooting on Facebook Wednesday afternoon:
Gov. Haley: Michael and I ask that everyone across South Carolina join us in praying for the entire Townville Elementary School family. pic.twitter.com/cum8FrVKIV— Gavin Jackson (@GavinJacksonPC) September 28, 2016
The shooting at Townville Elementary School began after 1 p.m., WYFF reported; first responders arrived within the hour and could be seen searching the facilities. Two helicopters landed at the scene, but only one child needed to be airlifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital. As details of the crime continue to emerge, the online response to the shooting reflects the disbelief of many who live nearby. The elementary school has fewer than 300 students, according to NBC News, and The New York Times reported that Townville had a population of fewer than 5,000 in 2015. For those with ties to the area, news of the shooting is surprising and distressing:
My family's from Townville. It's a small, sweet farming community where you don't expect this. So heartbreaking. Please pray for Townville.— Hannah Hill (@hannahhill_sc) September 28, 2016
my thoughts go out to those involved in the Townville shooting. It's crazy that's something so awful can happen so close to home.— Deedra (@deedra_franklin) September 28, 2016
Thankful for the leadership of our law enforcement in handling the situation in Townville. Heart broken for our community— Fenn Williamson (@Fenn_Williamson) September 28, 2016
Thoughts and prayers for Townville right now. It's crazy something like that can happen so close to home.— Van (@TheVanRobertson) September 28, 2016
This is such a sad and scary world we live in today. Especially when it hits this close to home. Praying for Townville Elementary.— Hannah Ashley (@HannahcAshley96) September 28, 2016
You never think this will happen so close to home! Just heartbreaking! Prayers for Townville Elementary!— Crystal Collyer (@CrystalFCollyer) September 28, 2016
People across the country joined South Carolinians in expressing their fear and anger:
My thoughts are with the people of Townville. I wish the victims of this horrible crime a swift recovery.— Orel Fargas (@OrelFargas) September 28, 2016
Many also called for gun law reform:
Praying for Townville Elementary We need stricter gun laws. #Townville— Michelle (@Michellegouin3) September 28, 2016
Waiting for all the "thoughts & prayers" 2 get followed up w/ actual action like gun control. #Townville— BlessYourHeart (@audiosexual) September 28, 2016
Ultimately, many people talking about the shooting seem to find common ground in a call for action, agreeing that it's critical to determine what can be done to ensure that no student or teacher ever has to fear going to school again:
A cry of a child anywhere,— Megan Minutillo (@MeganMinutillo) September 28, 2016
should pierce the souls
of adults everywhere.
It means we're not doing
We must do better.#Townville
No matter where one stands on gun reform, everyone can agree that one elementary school shooting is too many. Knowing that this is only the most recent in a string of school shootings over the past several years is destabilizing, and plenty of parents are using social media as a platform to say that change needs to come.