Wrongful death lawsuit filed by Jacob Hall estate

TOWNSVILLE, SC (WSPA) - The Estate of Jacob Hall has filed a wrongful death civil suit against Anderson Co. School District 4 and Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office.

Hall was shot in September 2016 at Townville Elementary by Jesse Osborne, according to investigators.

Two other students and a teacher were also shot.

Osborne is also accused of shooting and killing his father.

He has been charged as an adult.

The lawsuit alleges that Tactical Medical Solutions, Inc. of Anderson offered to donate Trauma Kits that contained a state-of-the-art tourniquet to every school district in Anderson Co.

It alleges that no tourniquet or any other type of bleeding control devices were at Townville Elementary.

It says Jacob had a serious injury to the femoral artery in his leg and teacher and first responders tied a scarf around his leg to try to prevent further blood loss.

They say a tourniquet could have saved Jacob's life.

It also alleges that persons for Anderson County's Emergency Management Services Division tried to receive personal money for training school personnel on the use of the tourniquets even though Tactical Medical Solutions offered to provide training for free.

The Dunaway Law Firm stated: “the first-aid supplies and medical safety equipment available at Townville Elementary School on September 28, 2016 was close to non-existent and no doubt attributed to the tragic death of 6-year old Jacob Hall. This suit seeks to guarantee that all schools have the best first-aid and safety equipment available and to punish those whose greed and ignorance seeks to divert it. The teachers and school nurses did a tremendous job that day to save Jacob’s life with the equipment they had on-hand but a tourniquet could very well have saved his life and Jacob never received that benefit of the doubt.”      

The family released the following statement:

We feel this lawsuit is important so that other students in Anderson County can feel and actually be safer when they enter their classrooms in the morning. It is our deepest hope that this action will result in changes to how all Anderson County school districts respond to student safety in today’s society. We hope the heartbreaking loss of our little boy Jacob is not in vain and that meaningful action is taken by our state legislature to assure the safety and welfare of our children while they are at school. We share the public’s hunger for answers as to why this happened and how it could have been prevented. No student should ever go to school and not come home.

Anderson District 4 Superintendent Joanne Avery issued the following statement on Tuesday:

I am unable to comment on the specifics of this lawsuit as it is a pending legal matter. I am confident in the legal process. This was and still is a horrible, tragic situation that resulted in the loss of a child and has forever changed the lives of so many. There is not a day that goes by that we don't think of Jacob, grieve his loss, think about his family, and all those who are still recovering from that traumatic day. The Townville community has lived through something that no one should, and they have responded with a profound sense of strength, love, courage, and resilience. 

It is important to me as superintendent that students, parents, and the community know that safety is our number one priority. It was before September 28, 2016, on the day of September 28th, 2016, and each and every day after. Every person in Anderson 4 is committed to the care and safety of our students, including the staff at Townville. The staff and students at Townville were faced with a horrific situation and should be commended for their brave efforts. 

My thoughts and prayers remain with the Hall family and everyone affected by this tragedy.

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