Family wants ‘Jacob’s Law’ to put police in all SC schools

Courtesy: The Hall Family via WSPA

TOWNVILLE, SC (WSPA) – The family of a 6-year-old boy shot and killed at Townville Elementary in South Carolina wants a law passed that would require a police officer at every school in the state.

Rebecca Hunnicutt says ‘Jacob’s Law’ would be in honor of her nephew, Jacob Hall.

She says they haven’t reached out to any lawmakers yet, but they just want the bill passed.

Hunnicutt also says she is open-minded to any solutions that would make school safer, including gating off the school and the only people that can enter the premises would have to know a predetermined “word of the day” that would be sent home on a paper form in the kids’ backpack every Friday.


The shooting happened on the playground behind the school, and the 14-year-old gunman never entered the building.

The sheriff says the suspect got out of his vehicle and started firing immediately.

Townville Elementary does not have a contract school resource officer; however, the school is equipped with security cameras and a secured door system, according to deputies.

Jacob was shot in the leg and died days after the shooting.

Another student was shot in the foot and a teacher suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder. They were both treated and released.

Authorities say the teenage gunman also shot his father, 47-year-old Jeffrey Osborne, at their home before the shooting.

No motive has been given for the crime.