Gov. McMaster meets with Townville Elementary survivor who wrote letter to TrumpPosted: Updated:
Ava Olsen, age 7, has experienced more horror in her lifetime than most. She was at Townville Elementary School when a 14-year-old suspect opened fire on the playground, killing a student.
Olsen said she was best friends with 6-year-old Jacob Hall, a fellow first-grader who died three days after being wounded during the incident in September 2016. Both Ava and her brother attend Townville Elementary and the little girl remains angry and upset following the tragedy.
"The worst days are pretty tough," her mother said in an interview on CNN. "It's so hard to describe it but it's such a low... such sadness, such anger on the worst days that it's really difficult."
So Ava decided to write the Commander-in-Chief to ask for help.
"Because I was mad," she told CNN. "And I wanted some people to keep kids safe because my brother was at school and I was afraid something was going to happen to him."
According to The Washington Post, Ava's letter asked the president, "Are you going to keep kids safe? How can you keep us safe?"
In the letter, Ava wrote that she heard and saw the shooting that claimed Jacob's life, The Washington Post reports.
"I loved him and was going to marry him one day," Ava wrote, according to The Washington Post. "I hate guns, one ruined my life and took my best friend."
CNN reports that Ava received the following response from Pres. Trump:
"Dear Ava, thank you for your letter. It is very brave of you to share your story with me. Mrs. Trump and I are so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend, Jacob. It is my goal as President to make sure that children in America grow up in safe environments, giving them the best opportunity to realize their full potential."
In an interview on CNN, Ava said the letter doesn't answer the questions she has for the president. She said she specifically wants to know how he is working to keep children safe.
On February 28, Gov. Henry McMaster met with Ava and discussed school safety.
I had the privilege of meeting with Miss Ava Rose Olsen today, a survivor of the Townville shooting. She shared her ideas on school safety, the response she received from the President, and her passion for studying history (currently she’s learning about ancient Egypt.) (1/) pic.twitter.com/dznJ0LATS3— Henry McMaster (@henrymcmaster) February 28, 2018
She is a precious, gifted child who is a reminder of both the need to do whatever it takes to keep our children safe and the bright future that our state has in their hands. (2/2)— Henry McMaster (@henrymcmaster) February 28, 2018
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