"I Don't Want To Be Afraid Of You Anymore": Woman Who Was Shot In The Face Meets The Person Who Did It
In 1992, when 17-year-old Shawna Hunter-Flint was working in a supermarket, two teenage girls burst in it. Since then, the woman’s live has changed forever.
14-year-old Jerrie Jones held Shawna at gunpoint and then pulled the trigger and shot her in the face with a sawn-off shotgun. Luckily, the woman survived, but she was left with blown off chin, lower lip, and bottom teeth, as well as with a fractured upper jaw.
Meanwhile, Jerrie was sentenced to 6 years in prison. More than 20 years since the accident, Shawna realized she was ready to meet her assailant and forgive her. The two met on one of the 2013 Dr. Phil episodes.
In an interview, Shawna described the incident and the fallout after being shot. As she said to Jerrie:
I just don’t want to be afraid of you anymore. I don’t want to see you in my nightmares anymore with that gun.
What did Shawna have to go through?
The woman had more than 200 surgeries and dealt with the painful emotional drama. She is married and is a mom of 2 children.
But, unfortunately, she has to go through bullying, as her kids’ friends often make remarks about her appearance:
They had to hear, 'Your mom is ugly. Your mom is a monster'.
In her turn, Jones apologized repeatedly, saying:
I never meant to hurt you, I promise. It was an accident and I didn’t even know. I am so sorry.
However, since Jerrie remembered the events differently, as if it was an accident, Shawna thought she wasn’t remorseful at all. Still, the woman was able to forgive her assailant.
You can watch their face-to-face encounter here:
To forgive someone who caused much emotional and physical pain is among the most difficult things in life. And we hope that forgiveness helped Shawna with her personal healing.