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.
WATCH LIVE: Newport News city officials are holding a press conference after a student allegedly shot a teacher at an elementary school on Friday.
Posted by WTKR News 3 on Friday, January 6, 2023
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.
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:
A mother at Richneck Elementary School in Virginia demands gun reform after a 6-year-old shot a teacher pic.twitter.com/MDMJlb27CW
— Marjorie Gaylor Queen ️ (@Tim_Tweeted) January 7, 2023
“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:
Waiting for NRA to say “If only there were a good six year old with a gun to stop a bad six year old with a gun.”
— Janice Hough (@leftcoastbabe) January 7, 2023
They’ve arrested 9, 8, 7 yr old kids & now a 6 yr old who accessed an unsecured gun & caused harm. How young will police go? Will they arrest a 5 yr kid, a kid who’s 4 or 3? Meanwhile, millions of guns remain unsecured in American homes, each a gun a tragedy waiting to happen.
— Egreynol (@egreynol) January 7, 2023
A 6-year-old student is in custody and his female teacher is in hospital with life-threatening injuries following a shooting in the classroom at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News, Virginia earlier today.
It’s the f*king guns!
— Ryan Pinesworth™️ (@RyanPinesworth) January 6, 2023
When will it be time to have gun control laws that are in place in all states and enforced? When toddlers start shooting? https://t.co/5o9JRyUBbx
— Sandy B (@sbarrett670) January 7, 2023
What’s going on at home that a 6yr old BABY thinks it’s ok to SHOOT another person if there’s an altercation???? pic.twitter.com/phaDz6Hzr0
— ☯️♏️ (@Elizabe55310491) January 7, 2023
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:
The Boeberts have your six, @RepThomasMassie!
(No spare ammo for you, though) pic.twitter.com/EnDYuXaHDF
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) December 8, 2021
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