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Teacher shot by 6-year-old boy makes progress

Officials refuse to provide more details about the truth. Especially how the boy got the weapon.

A teacher who was critically injured in the shooting of a 6-year-old student in Newport News is making progress as Virginia authorities try to understand how she could be involved in a school shooting, the mayor said. Company on Saturday.

Mayor Philip Jones said the condition of the teacher, a woman in her 30s, was “in a positive direction”.

In a news release issued Saturday, Police Chief Steve Drew met with the hospitalized teacher and his family Saturday morning, police said.

“He is improving and is now in stable condition,” the statement said.

A boy shot and wounded a teacher in a first-grade classroom Friday at Richneck Elementary School, authorities said. Drew said it was not a random shooting and was part of a confrontation. No students were injured.

Police declined to say what sparked the altercation Saturday and did not release any other details about what happened in the classroom, saying it was an ongoing investigation.

Jones declined to provide details of the incident or say how the boy got the gun or who owned the gun.

“This is a warning signal to the country,” Jones said. “I think there will be a nationwide debate after this incident about how to avoid it.”

Virginia law prevents 6-year-olds from being considered adults. Also, the minor is too young to be taken into the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice if convicted.

A juvenile delinquency judge has the authority to revoke custody of your parents and relinquish custody to the Department of Social Services.

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Jones did not disclose where the boy is being held.

“We’re making sure he has all the services he needs right now,” Jones said.

Experts who study gun violence consider the shooting to be an extremely rare case of a young boy bringing a gun to school and wounding a teacher.

“It’s very rare and the justice system isn’t really designed or prepared for it,” said researcher David Reitman, founder of a database that tracks school shootings in the United States in the 1970s.

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