The US school where a six-year-old shot his teacher had been warned beforehand that he might be armed and had searched his bag but found nothing, Agence France- Urge local authorities.
A week ago, a student at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News, Va., seriously injured his teacher, 25-year-old Abigail Zwerner, with a legally purchased gun by his mother.
During a virtual meeting Thursday evening with the parents of the establishment, the person in charge of the school authorities, George Parker, revealed to them that the school had been informed beforehand “of the possible presence of a weapon” in this student's school bag.
He told them that “the bag had been searched by an employee […] and that no weapon had been found”, reported to AFP its spokesperson Michelle Price, confirming information from the local channel Wavy TV.
“A school employee had been informed of the possible presence of a weapon before the shooting, but the Newport News police had not been alerted,” the spokeswoman for the forces of the school told AFP. order, Kelly King.
Authorities did not say how they knew the student might be armed.
A few hours after this search, the child had brandished a Taurus pistol of caliber 9 mm and opened fire on his teacher. His condition was critical at the time of his hospitalization, but then stabilized.
The local authorities have decided to temporarily withdraw custody of the child from his parents and have him admitted to a medical center, pending a decision on possible prosecution.
Given his young age, he should be considered criminally irresponsible, even though police have called the shooting “intentional”.
His parents could instead be charged with violating a local law that prohibits leaving loaded weapons accessible to children under 14.
The United States, where nearly 400 million weapons are in circulation, are regularly bereaved by shootings in schools. The latest tragedy dates back to May, when a teenager killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
But it is very rare that the shooters are so young. About fifteen children under the age of ten have opened fire in schools since the 1970s, according to the database of researcher David Riedman, who is a reference on the subject.