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Amy Bestwick Biography
Amy Bestwick, 33, was just eight years old when Hamilton, 43, killed the children and their teacher at Dunblane Primary School in Stirling, Scotland, after breaking into the gymnasium with four pistols in legal possession.
Bestwick feared she would not get over the trauma of what she witnessed on March 13, 1996.
She survived after hiding under a teacher’s desk and watching the bullets go through a window a few feet from her.
But now, after undergoing eye movement therapy to help deal with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) caused by memories of her, Ms. Bestwick will give birth next month on March 13.
Ms Bestwick, who is expecting her child – a daughter – with her partner Ryan, 33, has also started a new career.
Speaking to The Mirror, he said: ‘Actually, he’s due on March 13, it’s a crazy world.
‘There will never be anything that takes away the pain of the people who lost their loved ones in Dunblane.
“But for me his birth means happiness and something beautiful can come out of that day.”
Bestwick said he spent 22 years trying to deal with “raw trauma,” but now he feels he has “a lot to look forward to.”
Primary 1 class at Dunblane Primary School, pictured with teacher Gwenne Mayor, who was killed with sixteen of the children
She added that she feels “safe, loved and happy.”
Mrs Bestwick moved to Scotland with her family in 1993 and spent three years at Dunblane Primary School.
When Hamilton broke in with his guns, she was with her elementary schoolmates.
The children who died, along with her teacher Gwenne Mayor, were in Primary One.
Ms Bestwick revealed she was walking through a corridor to the school’s music room
when Hamilton started shooting in the gym, around 9:30 am.
The hallway was separated from the gym by a concrete playground.
She said she and a friend saw bullet holes in the glass in front of them and pieces of plaster sticking out of the walls behind.
Bestwick said she still remembered seeing a figure at the entrance to the gym fire escape. It was believed to be Hamilton.
Murray and his brother Jamie were in lessons in March 1996 when Thomas Hamilton (pictured) stormed the gym armed with four +6 guns
Murray and her brother Jamie hers were in lessons in March 1996 when Thomas Hamilton (pictured) stormed the gym with four pistols.
She then crawled back to her class before meeting her mother.
Mrs Bestwick’s family completed a planned family relocation to Nottinghamshire two weeks after the murders.
However, Bestwick struggled with undiagnosed anxiety and depression and attempted to take her life when she was only 14 years old.
She’s problems continued into her 20s when she still felt the need to close all the windows and blinds so that she would feel safe.
Ella Bestwick was in the same class at school as the great British tennis player Sir Andy Murray.
In 2019, Murray spoke about her experience of her massacre for the first time, revealing how she shared a car with the killer Hamilton and attended her kids’ clubs.
Bestwick said she was inspired by Murray’s drive not to let the massacre define him.
Bestwick saw a change in her fortune when she saw therapist Carl Jackson, who is an expert in Comprehensive Eye Movement Therapy (IEMT).
He sees patients trying to deal with unwanted emotions by following complex movement patterns with their eyes.
She is now speaking to try to help other trauma survivors.
In May 2019, Murray spoke about the tragedy for the first time in the Amazon Prime documentary ‘Andy Murray: Resurfacing’.