Police say this was NOT a accident…..
“This was not an accidental shooting,” Drew said.
Authorities said the teacher, a woman in her 30s, was hospitalized at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News and described her wounds as life-threatening….
“We’ve got all the kids safe,” he said. “They’re interacting with officers [in the gym] and having some fun and slapping high-fives and teasing each other. … There are plenty of counselors here, working with the students, talking to the students.”
Drew indicated that the teachers at the school had the situation largely under control when police arrived after the shooting, and that officers had to conduct only “a low-level tactical sweep” of the school.
“Faculty and staff in the building, the way they responded was heroic,” the chief said…
Any court proceedings involving the suspected shooter could be challenging. Former Fairfax County Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Casey Lingan said that Virginia law presumes young children don’t have the maturity to carry out crimes in a legal sense, making convictions all but impossible.
Lingan said an alternative to charging a child in such a case might be petitioning a juvenile court for something akin to probation, known as a “child in need of services.” The program would give the child community services and other help under the supervision of a judge.”…
David Riedman, a scholar who compiles a database of school shootings, said the number between 1970 and 2018 involving children under 10 is 17, out of about 2,200 total incidents of gunfire on school grounds. That proportion is less than one percent….
How did the kid get gun?
Why did a 6 year old think it was ok to shoot a teacher?
Props to the school staff’s actions …..
Prayers for the teacher….
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