Virginia School Alerted Before 6-Year-Old Allegedly Shoots Teacher, Installs Metal Detectors in Wake of Incident

Week, a six-year-old boy allegedly shot his first-grade teacher abigail zwerner at a virginia school, leaving her with serious injuries. prior to the shooting, a staff member at the school had been alerted that the child may have had a weapon, but a search of his bag revealed no weapon. the child used his mother’s gun to shoot ms zwerner without warning, and no fight or physical struggle preceded the shooting.
the shooting occurred at richneck elementary school in newport news, virginia. after the incident, the school district made administrative changes and consulted with robb elementary school in uvalde, texas, where a shooter killed 19 children and two adults last year. the district is now installing metal detectors at every campus and will hold a safety training day for staff to discuss additional security measures.
the shooting happened when the boy used his mother’s gun and fired one round at his teacher. the police determined through an interview with the child’s mother that the gun was bought legally and stored in their home. ms zwerner was in serious but stable condition earlier this week, and the six-year-old boy is currently being held at a medical facility. police have praised ms zwerner for her determination to escort all of her students out of the classroom after she was shot. the school remains closed and the district has not yet said when richneck will reopen.

By Evey Lovelace

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