‘Time to Recover’ After 6-year-old Allegedly Shot Teacher: After a 6-year-old kid allegedly shot and injured a teacher there on Friday, the school in Virginia announced that it will be closed this week to give students “time to recover.” Less than a week after the new year, police surrounded Newport News’ Richneck Elementary school, where a “Happy New Year” sign still hung outside, and kidnapped the youngster.
According to Police Chief Steve Drew, the youngster shot the teacher in a classroom, and it wasn’t “an accidental incident.” As of Friday, the youngster was still in police custody. According to Drew, the student who had the gun and the teacher had gotten into a fight before the shot was fired. He said that only one student was involved and that only one gunshot was discharged.
To help us best obtain services for this young man, we have been in communication with our commonwealth attorney and some other entities, Drew said on Friday. According to the Newport News Police Department, the instructor, whose injuries were first considered life-threatening, was classified in stable condition on Saturday.
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The instructor was initially identified as Abby Zwerner by her alma mater, James Madison University. According to Newport News Public Schools Superintendent George Parker, the elementary school had an emergency plan in place that allowed for the injured teacher to receive quick medical attention.
Even though no amount of preparation can ensure that a tragedy like this won’t happen, Parker said, “Please know that our collective efforts and preparation resulted in immediate medical care for our faculty member, no injuries to students, and a safe and effective reunification process for our families and students.”
Community members are struggling to comprehend what occurred as the investigation is ongoing and police look into how the young child obtained access to a pistol and what transpired before the incident.
According to Newport News Mayor Phillip Jones, “It’s a really difficult thing to digest.” We are still struggling with the concept that a 6-year-old has the capability of carrying a gun to school and injuring a teacher.
Regarding the child’s family or their role in the probe, the mayor declined to comment. The mayor continued, “We as a community have a lot of questions that need to be addressed. “Up with, how a 6-year-old was able to carry a pistol and know how to use it in such an intentional way… The guilty parties will be held accountable. That much I guarantee.
Student details lockdown horror: “We were practicing arithmetic.”
Compared to other countries, shootings in US schools are becoming much more frequent. According to a Sources investigation, at least 60 shootings occurred at K–12 schools in 2022.
After the incident on Friday, schoolchildren spoke of the terrifying moment the lockdown order was given. We were practicing math. Fifth-grader Novah Jones, who was in a different classroom, recalled the announcer’s words, “Lockdown, I repeat lockdown,” as she came on.
I was terrified. I had never been in a lockdown before, so I didn’t know what to do but hide beneath my desk like everyone else. According to Novah, at first, she thought there was a gunman at the school, according to an interview she and her mother gave.
The dude was going to shoot us, I was thinking, Novah stated. As word of the shooting spread, parents sped to the site, experiencing the terror that families of students at so many other American schools have experienced.
Mark Anthony Garcia hurried to his son’s second-grade school as soon as he learned about the shooting. On Monday, he said on “This Morning,” “There were police helicopters all over the place, and traffic was backed up.” Then, a 2-mile radius was blocked off, with parked automobiles and on-the-run individuals attempting to reach the area.
Garcia’s son, Mark Jr., claimed that his instructor informed his class of the incident and had them return to their classroom, where they “all stayed quiet.” Two people, he claimed, “were crying.” We were advancing toward the gym when the police arrived.
According to the police chief, all of the school’s children were escorted to the gymnasium after the shooting together with counselors and police officers after being evacuated from their classrooms with their teachers.
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Novah noted that despite being able to make it home safely, she had problems sleeping that night due to her concern that “he still had the gun and he was going to come to my house.”
According to Novah, “I got flashbacks.” According to an update on Richneck Elementary’s website, licensed therapists are ready to give parents advice on how to talk with their kids, counseling services, and resource recommendations.