February 9, 2023

By Biodun Busari

A six-year-old boy from Richneck Elementary School, Newport News, Virginia, in the United States, has been arrested by police after shooting his teacher.

Police said the teacher, a woman in her 30s, was battling life-threatening gunshot wounds at a hospital after the serious incident occurred around 2pm on Friday.

According to the Evening Standard, an argument ensued between the boy and his teacher, and the former pulled out a gun and fired at the latter in class.

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It was not clear how many shots had been fired, where exactly the bullet(s) had hit and what caused the argument.

Police tactical teams were sent into the building after the incident and found other children shaking in their classrooms. None of them suffered any injuries and they were taken to the gymnasium.

“This was not an accidental shooting,” said Chief of Police Steve Drew. “I want to know where that gun came from.”

He added, “We didn’t have a situation where someone was going to shoot around the school.”

Newport News Mayor Philip Jones said, “It’s still raw at this point, but what I’ll tell you is there’s going to be full after-action.” [report]not only internally from the city council with the school board and others, but we are going to make sure that we have the right steps and policies in place so that this doesn’t happen again.”

Newport News is a city of about 185,000 people in southeastern Virginia, known for its shipyard where aircraft carriers and other US Navy vessels are built.

The school’s Superintendent George Parker said he was “appalled” and “disheartened” that the school was unable to keep guns out.

“We must keep guns out of the hands of our young people. I can’t control access to weapons. My teachers can’t control access,” Parker said.

Parker said all school campuses are equipped for random metal detector searches, but they were not deployed to Richneck Elementary on Friday.

He added, “Today our students were given a lesson in gun violence and what guns can do to disrupt not only an educational environment, but a family, a community.”

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