Police: 6-year-old Shoots Us, Teacher, With Gun: During a fight inside a first-grade classroom, a six-year-old Virginia youngster shot and injured a teacher, according to police and school administrators in Newport News. According to authorities, no pupils were hurt in the shooting on Friday at Richneck Elementary School. The teacher, a 30-year-old lady, sustained fatal wounds.
By late afternoon, according to Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew, her condition had slightly improved. Police reported that they had taken the student into custody after discovering the child in the classroom with a weapon. Drew told reporters, “We did not have a case where someone was avoiding the school shooting. “We have a case where a bullet was discharged in one specific location.”
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He claimed that the gunshot was not an accident. The location of the child’s acquisition of the gun was the subject of investigation. The police chief stated that officers from the police department were in charge of that investigation but did not precisely respond to queries about whether authorities had contact with the boy’s parents.
Police: 6-year-old Shoots Us Teacher With Gun: To help us best provide services to this young kid, we have been in communication with our commonwealth’s attorney (local prosecutor) and several other institutions, Drew stated. The shooting, the altercation, and what transpired inside the school were not further discussed by the police chief. At the entrance to the gym, parents and children were reunited, Newport News Public Schools posted on Facebook.
A city of around 185,000 people in southeast Virginia, Newport News is well-known for its shipyard, where the nation’s aircraft carriers and other US Navy vessels are constructed. According to the website of the Virginia Department of Education, Richneck is home to roughly 550 kids between the ages of 10 and 11 who are in kindergarten through fifth grade.
According to Virginia law, six-year-olds cannot be prosecuted as adults. Furthermore, if found guilty, a six-year-old is too young to be placed in the Department of Juvenile Justice’s custody. However, a juvenile court would have the power to revoke parental custody and transfer a child to the Department of Social Services.
According to Boston’s Northeastern University’s James Alan Fox, a criminologist, it is highly uncommon for a school shooting to involve a six-year-old. Fox, who examined school shooting data sets from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security dating back to 1970, claimed that only school shootings involving children aged seven, eight, or nine and older were included in the statistics. Six-year-olds were not included.
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The fact that the Virginia massacre took place in a classroom is another noteworthy aspect, according to Fox. Many take place in unsupervised student areas outside of schools. According to a 2000 AP report, a six-year-old child fired a round from a. 32-caliber gun inside Buell Elementary near Flint, Michigan, striking Kayla Rolland, also six, in the neck. She passed away 30 minutes later.