Police Chief Steve Drew announced at a press conference on Friday that a 6-year-old boy had been arrested after he had shot a teacher at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News, Virginia.
Drew stated, “The individual is a student in kindergarten.” Our Commonwealth Attorney and other organizations have been contacted to help us determine how to best assist this young man.
The shooting, according to Drew, “was not an accident” and the female educator was shot in her classroom. The student who had the gun was reportedly involved in an altercation with the teacher, and one shot was fired, as reported by the police chief. He further clarified that no other students were involved.
Neither the authorities nor the Newport News public school system has named the teacher or student involved in the shooting. Nonetheless, the educator’s alma mater, James Madison University, pegged her as Abby Zwerner.
Earlier today, James Madison University President Jonathan R. Alger released a statement on the university’s official Facebook page expressing the school’s “deep sadness” over the reported tragic shooting of JMU alumna Abby Zwerner.JMU is here for those affected by this incident now and in the weeks to come, the statement continued.
“Totally Incomprehensible To Us”
On Saturday, Newport News Mayor Phillip D. Jones said investigators were working to address concerns raised by residents in the wake of the shooting.
The mayor said in a tweet, “It is almost impossible to wrap our minds around the fact that a 6-year-old 1st grader brought a loaded handgun to school and shot a teacher; however, this is exactly what our community is grappling with today.”
It has been reported that authorities are “working diligently to get an answer to the question we are all asking — how did this happen?” As we continue to work through what happened, we are also making sure the child has access to the resources he requires,” Jones said.
During a press conference on Friday, Newport News Public Schools Superintendent Dr. George Parker expressed his sadness over the shooting and urged greater community efforts to ensure that guns are kept out of the hands of children.
In a press conference on Friday, Parker said, “I’m in shock and I’m disheartened.” “It’s our responsibility to ensure the health and safety of our children, and to give them the best possible education.”
To paraphrase the superintendent: “We need the community’s support, continued support, to make sure that guns are not available to youth,” and “I’m sounding like a broken record today because I continue to reiterate that: that we need to keep the guns out of the hands of our young people.”
The Elementary School Closed Monday And Tuesday
Principal Briana Foster Newton said in a statement that the elementary school would be closed on Monday and Tuesday to give the community “time to heal,” adding that families would be kept informed if the closure was extended.
The principal expressed his or her feelings toward the student body by saying, “My heart is aching for our school community.” “My prayers continue to be with our seriously injured teacher, as well as with our students and staff as they deal with the aftermath of this tragedy.”
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin released a separate statement in which he said his state would offer assistance in the wake of the shooting and “stand at the ready to help in any way we can.”
The governor said Friday, “I am continuing to monitor the situation and am praying for the continued safety of all students and the community.”
George Parker, The City’s Superintendent Of Schools, Expressed His Dismay And Shock
It is extremely unusual, but not unheard of, for a 6-year-old to carry out a school shooting, according to experts, and Virginia law restricts the penalties that can be imposed on a child of that age for such an offense.
To prevent young people from gaining access to firearms, “we need the support of the community.”
In May of this year, an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 students and two teachers at a high school in Uvalde, Texas. This is just one example of the many school shootings that occur across the United States.
According to the Gun Violence Archive database, there were an estimated 44,000 gun-related deaths in the United States in 2017. Roughly half of these deaths were the result of homicide, accidents, or self-defense, while the other half were the result of suicide.
On Friday, a first-grade student from Newport News, Virginia shot and wounded his teacher during an argument in the classroom, according to police and school officials. According to police, no students were hurt during the shooting at Richneck Elementary School.
The woman educator in her thirties was critically injured. Chief Steve Drew of the Newport News Police Department told the press that her condition had improved by the late afternoon. Police claimed they apprehended a student who had a handgun in the classroom.