Before Virginia School Shooting, 6-year-old Boy's Backpack Was Searched

Before Virginia School Shooting, 6-year-old Boy’s Backpack Was Searched

Before Virginia School Shooting, 6-year-old Boy’s Backpack Was Searched: Before a first-grade teacher in Newport News, Virginia, was shot, a school employee was informed that a 6-year-old kid might have been carrying a weapon. However, a search of the student’s bookbag that morning turned up nothing, according to school district officials.

The announcement was made during a virtual town hall for parents of kids at Richneck Elementary School on Thursday night. The incident on Jan. 6 has sparked worries about possible security lapses at the kindergarten–5th-grade institution. Parents who attended the closed-door town hall heard Superintendent Dr. George Parker III say the youngster arrived late to school, and his bookbag was examined when he arrived at the office to sign in.

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In a video accessed by NBC News, Parker stated, “At least one administrator was informed about a probable weapon.” However, additional information was withheld regarding who conducted the search, why the gun was not discovered, and if the child’s clothing was physically inspected.

A spokesperson for the Newport News Public Schools stated on Friday that there are still unanswered concerns regarding the timeframe, and she could not quickly specify when or from whom the report was received. Before a first-grade teacher in Newport News, Virginia, was shot, a school employee was informed that a 6-year-old kid might have been carrying a weapon.

However, a search of the student’s bookbag that morning turned up nothing, according to school district officials. The announcement was made during a virtual town hall for parents of kids at Richneck Elementary School on Thursday night.

The incident on Jan. 6 has sparked worries about possible security lapses at the kindergarten–5th-grade institution. Parents who attended the closed-door town hall heard Superintendent Dr. George Parker III say the youngster arrived late to school, and his bookbag was examined when he arrived at the office to sign in.

In a video accessed by NBC News, Parker stated, “At least one administrator was informed about a probable weapon.” However, additional information was withheld regarding who conducted the search, why the gun was not discovered, and if the child’s clothing was physically inspected.

A spokesperson for the Newport News Public Schools stated on Friday that there are still unanswered concerns regarding the timeframe, and she could not quickly specify when or from whom the report was received. Ahead of time on Thursday, Richneck School will get metal detectors, according to Newport News School Board Chair Lisa Surles-Law.

She withheld information regarding the price of the detectors and the installation schedule. The 6-year-old was taken into custody after the event, and no students were hurt. According to officials, the child, who is “now undergoing care at a medical facility,” has a temporary custody order from the court.

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Before the shooting, which Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew described as deliberate, the police claimed no warning or resistance. Authorities chose not to provide any additional information about the shooting on Thursday, citing the ongoing investigation.