A 6‑year-old boy has been arrested in Virginia, USA, after he shot and killed a teacher.
Police Chief Steve Drew said a shooting occurred at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News just after 14:00 local time.
It’s unclear how the boy got the gun, but Drew said it was “not an accidental shot.”
A teacher in his 30s, whose name has not been released, was seriously injured.
She was taken to a local hospital and is under close custody. The incident occurred after an argument between two students in a classroom of first graders (ages 6–7).
Drew stressed, however, that the shooting was an isolated incident and that officers “were not in a situation where someone would walk around the school and shoot.”
Authorities said the school, which has about 550 students, has metal detectors, but students were screened at random and not all were checked.
Police declined to name the weapon used in the incident, but said the boy used a gun.
School district principal Dr. George Parker said authorities would “investigate any and all cases that may have led to this incident.”
“This should never have happened,” added Dr. Parker. “I don’t want something like this to happen again”.
Schools will be closed on Mondays and promised to provide support to students and their parents to help them cope with the trauma.
Mayor Philip Jones, who took office just three days ago, said the shooting represented “a dark day for Newport News.”
“We will learn from this and come back stronger,” he told reporters.
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin said he had offered help to local authorities, adding that the state government “stands ready to help in any way it can.”
“I will continue to monitor the situation and wish all students and the community safety,” he wrote on Twitter.
Newport News is a city with a population of approximately 180,000 located approximately 112km south of the state capital, Richmond.
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