What drove the child to this insane act?
In the US state of Virginia, a six-year-old child shot his teacher and seriously injured him. The two got into an argument in a classroom on Friday afternoon (local time) when the elementary school kid pulled out a gun and pulled the trigger.
The incident took place at Richneck Elementary School in the small town of Newport News (population 185,000), an elementary school with about 550 children. US officials have not said whether the child is a boy or a girl. Not much is known about the victim. According to the police, it was a woman in her 30s.
Accordingly, both were alone in the room when the trigger was pulled. Police Chief Steve Drew told WTKRTeachers escorted other children to the gymnasium after the shooting. The police arrested a six-year-old child. Drew confirmed the incident was no accident.
“The most important thing right now is that the kids are safe.” Drew told US reporters. And on the teacher’s condition: “Her injuries are still considered life-threatening, but since the last update we received, the situation has improved somewhat.”
An investigation is underway into how the child got hold of the weapon. Shootings and school shootings are frequent in America. In many cases even children have taken up arms: just in November a ten-year-old boy shot and killed his mother (44) when she refused to buy expensive technology.
For years, critics have protested against gun laws in large parts of the United States. Tragedy: Richneck Elementary School has metal detectors, but they are only activated on certain days. Now the security concept is about to be edited.
It is not known when normality will return to the shaken school. Monday classes are cancelled.
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