A boy just six years old shot his teacher. That happened yesterday in the middle of the classroom at an elementary school in the American state of Virginia. The 30-year-old woman was seriously injured and taken to the hospital in critical condition. The police have arrested the young boy.
A police spokesperson emphasizes that “there was no accident here” . According to eyewitnesses, the shooting took place after “an altercation” between the six-year-old shooter and his teacher, US media report. It is not yet known what preceded the altercation and how the boy obtained the gun.
Guns in America. A 6-year-old boy is arrested in Virginia after taking a gun to school and deliberately shooting his first grade teacher. The unidentified female teacher is in critical condition. pic.twitter.com/E7t9vERh1i
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The shooting took place in the middle of the kindergarten class of a primary school with more than five hundred students. Both the students and teachers are very shocked by the incident. The school will therefore remain closed on Monday while ” the mental health of our staff and students is being worked on”, says the head of the school, George Parker.
Police arrested the six-year-old boy after the shooting and took him to the local police station. Here, the authorities have been considering the fate of the young shooter for some time. According to them, the main focus is on how “this young man himself can best be helped”.
Person who shot and injured a teacher at Virginia elementary school turned out to be a 6-year-old boy. pic.twitter.com/UoAbLulP1E
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There are reactions to the shooting from different angles. For example, the head of the school says that “we must keep guns out of the hands of young people at all times”. The mayor of the place, Phillip Jones, in turn says that the incident touches his heart. ” This is a dark day but we will learn from this and come back stronger.” City councilman Curtis Bethany told The New York Times she was shocked. “I’ve never heard of a six-year-old going to school with a loaded gun,” said Bethany.
There's been another shocking act of gun violence in the United States. This time, a 6-year-old boy has shot his school teacher. The woman, aged in her 30s, is in a critical condition. https://t.co/OF81oZXOfr #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/IVIeANbMGC
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According to The New York Times, it is rare for the perpetrator of a school shooting to be so young. From a database that keeps track of all school shootings in the US, it can be concluded that since 1970 there have been 16 shooters under the age of ten. It would only have happened three times before the shooter was just six years old. Two out of three incidents with a six-year-old also turned out to be an accident.
This makes the 6-year-old boy one of the youngest school shooters in history.
In 2000, a 6-year-old boy killed a classmate at a Michigan school. And in 2013, a 5-year-old Tennessee boy fired at a gun at school, but no one was injured https://t.co/G3pGpyuxnh
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