‘Not an accidental shooting’: 6-year-old arrested for opening fire on teacher leaves community in shock

A six-year-old Virginia first grader was arrested on Friday after he opened fire on and severely wounded his teacher, leaving her with “life-threatening injuries.”

According to various reports, during some sort of confrontation that occurred around 2:00 pm at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News, Virginia, the boy allegedly shot his teacher, described by local authorities as a woman in her 30s.

He was arrested sometime after, Newport News Police Department chief Steve Drew announced during a press conference later that afternoon.

“This was not an accidental shooting,” he revealed.

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The teacher, meanwhile, was taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center, where her condition reportedly slightly improved as the afternoon progressed.

No students were reportedly injured during the incident, though tactical teams were sent into the school.

“The police did an amazing job. They were here very, very quickly, along with the sheriff’s office. We are ensuring that everyone is safe. We are ensuring that everyone is accounted for. This is a long day for Newport News. We’re going to ensure that everyone’s taken care of,” Newport News Mayor Phillip Jones said afterward.

Newport News @mayorphillipjones comments on Friday’s shooting incident at Richneck Elementary School.

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The other students, meanwhile, seemed to recover rather quickly.

“All the children inside the school have been taken from the room with their teachers, and escorted to the gymnasium. They’re all safe in there. They’re actually in there with counselors and officers. [They’re] cutting up a little bit… It’s good to see them laughing. We want to make sure that they’re OK,” Drew told local station WTKR.

The school superintendent was, on the other hand, a bit more somber.

“I’m in shock, and I’m disheartened. We need to educate our children and we need to keep them safe,” Newport News Public Schools Superintendent Dr. George Parker said during the presser Friday afternoon.

“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,” he added.

Speaking of guns, the shooting at Richneck Elementary School triggered renewed calls for gun control, including from some of the parents like this one:

“Ok, that’s the biggest problem in this country. Statistics in the U.K. for crime is zero for guns. Why is it so bad? Why is there a 7-year-old with a bloody gun? Come on, think about it! Let’s do something! We’ve got a new governor now. Let’s do something. Let’s change it,” the mother above said.

“You’ve got a beautiful country. You’ve got beautiful people, but what’s the problem? Guns! How does a 7-year-old have a gun? That’s what I’m pissed off with. I’m only here because my husband was in the military, or otherwise, I would not have chosen this country,” she added.

This same mindset can be seen on social media:

But critics say guns have nothing to do with it. They point to a past in which young kids were exposed to guns just like they are now — except they didn’t then go and use the guns to hurt other people.

In fact, to this day, there are plenty of kids who’ve been exposed to guns yet aren’t running around shooting people.

Case in point:

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