A six-year-old student shot and wounded a female teacher in her thirties during an altercation inside a first-grade classroom at Rich Neck Elementary School in Newport News, Virginia. The teacher suffered life-threatening injuries but her condition improved by late afternoon, according to Newport News police chief Steve Drew. No students were injured in the shooting.
Details of the Incident
- The child had a handgun in the classroom and was taken into custody by police.
- Parents and students were reunited at a gymnasium door, according to Newport News Public Schools.
- Rich Neck Elementary is a K-5 institution with 150 students.
- School officials have already said there will be no classes on Monday.
Response from Officials
Newport News police chief Steve Drew said that her condition had improved somewhat by late afternoon.
Police held a press conference earlier tonight and emphasized that Newport News is a strong community and they will come back stronger.
Mayor of Newport News said that it’s a dark day for Newport News and reiterated the need for community support to keep guns out of the hands of young people.
School superintendent highlighted the importance of providing a safe learning environment for all students and emphasized the need for community support to make sure that guns are not available to young people.
The shooting at Rich Neck Elementary School is a tragic reminder of the need for stricter gun laws and better measures to keep guns out of the hands of young people. The incident has left the community of Newport News in shock and mourning, and officials have emphasized the need for continued support to ensure such incidents do not happen again.