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Martinsville Shooting Victim Speaks Out

The 15 year old is not in pain, but his wounds have yet to heal, and a long recovery awaits.

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Photo: Noel Brennan (WFIU News)

Chance Jackson was shot at a Martinsville school last month, and is continuing to recover.

The victim of a Martinsville school shooting says he’s glad to have a second chance at life. 15 year old Chance Jackson made one of his first public appearances Friday since the shooting occurred in late March.

Sitting with his mother Rebecca and her fiancé Brian Edwards, Chance Jackson wore a wound vacuum that keeps his still-unhealed exit wounds free of excess fluid.

Jackson says he’s not in any pain, but he’s still not well enough to live like a normal kid.

“I miss swimming, playing football, basketball with my friends,” he said.

Rebecca Jackson says though she was afraid her son would never get to live a normal life again, she never allowed herself to dwell on those thoughts.

“I couldn’t afford to hit that low,” she said. “I had to be there for him.”

The Jacksons didn’t comment on the criminal trial against the child who allegedly shot Jackson, merely expressing their thanks to the many people who have been wishing Chance well.

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