A six-year-old boy shot a teacher inside a classroom, leaving her with life-threatening injuries, US police said.
No students or other staff members were injured during the incident at Richnick Elementary School in Virginia, which officials described as “an altercation” and “not an accident.”
The injured teacher, a woman in her 30s, was taken to a hospital, Police Chief Steve Drew told reporters, adding that she had begun to show some improvement.
He added that the child was found inside the classroom with a handgun, and has been taken into custody.
“It was not an accidental shooting,” Mr. Drew said, adding that he wanted to know where the gun came from.
“We didn’t have a situation where a school shooting was going around,” he continued.
“We have a specific location situation where the shot was fired.”
Newport News Public Schools confirmed on Facebook that parents and students have been reunited at the gymnasium entrance, and officials have said there will be no classes Monday.
Jocelyn Glover, whose nine-year-old son attends Carlos Richnick Elementary, said she received a text from the school saying one person had been shot and another was in custody.
“My heart stopped,” he told the Virginian Pilot newspaper.
“I was nervous, very nervous. Just wondering if that person was my son.”
Carlos, who is in fourth grade, was on recess at the time but said he and his classmates soon hid in the back of a classroom.
“Most of the whole class was crying,” Carlos told the newspaper.
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Superintendent of Schools George Parker said he was “shocked” and “disappointed” by the shooting and called for more measures to prevent children from getting hold of firearms.
“We need to keep guns out of the hands of our youth,” he said.
“I can’t control access to weapons. My teachers can’t control access to weapons.”
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Mr. Parker explained that all school campuses are equipped with random metal detector searches, but they were not deployed at Richnick Elementary on Friday.
Newport News is a city of about 185,000 people in southeastern Virginia known for its shipyard, which builds the nation’s aircraft carriers and other vessels for the U.S. Navy.
According to the Virginia Department of Education website, the school has about 550 students.
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