Students at Hilton Head Elementary return to school following shooting death of classmate

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Students at Hilton Head Elementary return to school following shooting death of classmate

Published Monday, September 3, 2012   |  512 Words  |  

Students at Hilton Head Island Elementary School return to classes today after the fatal shooting of a classmate last weekend.

Plans are in place to help students and the school's staff cope with the death of Khalil Singleton, Principal Jill McAden said Monday. The 8-year-old third-grader was playing outside Saturday near his grandmother's home on Allen Road when he was struck by a bullet fired during a gun fight between feuding adults.

"He was such a special young man and he touched so many hearts," McAden said.

Guidance counselors, a social worker and McAden will meet at 7:30 a.m. to talk as a team for the first time. They have been discussing the situation over the phone for much of the weekend, she said.

All teachers will be briefed before classes start, in case any were out of town or missed the news for other reasons. Administrators want the teachers to be prepared to help students, many of whom might have known Kahlil personally. Some students might even have been in the group he was playing with Saturday afternoon, McAden said.

"As principal, I have to acknowledge that there are people whose hearts are extremely heavy, including my own," she said.

Letters with information for students and parents will be sent home Tuesday, and extra guidance counselors will be available for children who need further help, she said.

A memorial at the school might be planned in the future, but the focus now is on getting through today and helping Kahlil's family and friends, McAden said.

According to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office report, the bullet hit the boy on the left side of his torso. He later was pronounced dead at Hilton Head Hospital.

Four men were arrested after the shooting on various charges, but none has been charged in Singleton's death.

The Sheriff's Office said the dispute between Tyrone Robinson, 37, and two other men -- Aaron Scott Young Sr., 36, and his son Aaron Scott Young Jr., 19 -- began earlier Saturday. The men, all of whom have lengthy criminal records, had an ongoing feud, according to the Sheriff's Office.

After Khalil was shot, Young Sr. and Young Jr. both were charged with one count of discharging a firearm into a vehicle. Each is being held on $150,000 bond, according to the Beaufort County Detention Center jail log.

Robinson was charged with pointing and presenting a firearm in connection with the earlier struggle with Young Jr. He also is charged in an unrelated incident, the second-degree burglary of pawn shop Mathews Drive on Aug. 19. His bond is set at $75,000, according to the jail log.

The fourth man arrested and questioned in connection with Khalil's shooting is Jontu Singleton, 35, who investigators say was Robinson's accomplice in the August burglary of the pawn shop.