Friday, a six-year-old pupil from richneck elementary school in newport news, virginia, shot abby zwerner, a teacher at the school, leaving her with serious injuries. mayor phillip jones reported that ms zwerner’s condition is improving, though she remains in a critical condition. james madison university in virginia extended their prayers and best wishes for her health and recovery.
the incident occurred on friday at richneck elementary school in newport news, virginia. with an enrollment of 550 students, the school has metal detection facilities, though students are randomly checked and not all children are inspected. mayor jones, who was elected just five days ago, expressed his shock and sadness at the shooting.
the shooting followed an altercation in a first grade classroom, though the police have not revealed the motive. steve gonzalez, whose child was present in the classroom, told fox news that ms. zwerner had screamed at her children to run away after being struck by a bullet. mayor jones expressed his concern about how a six-year-old was able to access a firearm, adding that it was “a red flag for the country”. the police are still investigating the incident and have not revealed whether or not they have had contact with the student’s parents.