ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) – The Latest on a hearing whether a teenager is to be tried as an adult in a South Carolina school shooting (all times local):
An elementary school principal says she recognized the teenager shooting at her South Carolina school as a former student.
Townville Elementary School Principal Denise Fredericks testified Tuesday she became even more scared because the teen knew the school’s layout and how students are taught to respond during active shooter drills.
Fredericks was testifying in a hearing to determine if the teen will be tried as an adult. He’s accused of killing a first grader at the school and his father in their home in September 2016.
Media outlets report that Fredericks testified she saw no evidence of bullying when the teen attended elementary school.
The principal says her school was changed forever. She says children ask if the shooter is coming back, and says even a popped balloon can bring back painful memories.
A court hearing is set to continue Tuesday in South Carolina in the case of a teenage boy charged with killing his father at his home and then a first-grader in a shooting at a school playground in 2016.
The teen faces two counts of murder, among other charges. Prosecutors want the youth tried as an adult, where he could face decades in prison if convicted. His attorneys want him tried as a juvenile, where he could be held only until his 21st birthday if found guilty.
The boy was 14 at the time. He described the shootings to detectives in a videotaped statement hours after the shootings. It was played Monday in court.
The Associated Press is not using the defendant’s name because he hasn’t been charged as an adult.
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