The teacher who was shot by a six-year-old child in a school in Virginia, USA, is still in serious condition.
Abby Swerner was shot in the abdomen on Friday by one of the students.
Although her condition is still serious, Mayor Phillip Jones told the BBC that she is showing signs of recovery.
It is still unclear how the six-year-old, who is also in police custody, managed to obtain the weapon. Officials say the school, which has 550 children, has metal detectors installed and children are randomly checked.
Police did not say what sparked the incident, but an officer told reporters that the shooting was sparked by an “altercation” in a classroom of 6-7-year-olds, and that it did not appear to have been an “accident”.
A parent, Steve Gonzalez, who was in the classroom at the time, said the teacher reacted immediately. After being shot, the woman yelled at the children to take cover immediately.
Mayor Jones, who took office five days ago, said police were still investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Virginia law prohibits six-year-olds from being tried like adults. Additionally, the six-year-old is too young to be taken into the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice if convicted.
A judge could, however, revoke the parents’ custody of the boy and place him in state custody.
Tags: school, armed attack, Virginia,
Publication date: 08-01-2023 12:41