Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew said that the shooting was intentional, not an accident. After an altercation with his teacher, 25 year old Abby Zwerner, the first grader shot her twice, once in the abdomen and once in the hand, right there in the classroom. If you like our content please become a patron to support us, you'll get all of our episodes ad-free.
Richneck Elementary went on immediate lockdown and first responders were called. The child was taken “into custody”.
Besides the obvious discussion about gun control and why would such a young child be able to get hold of a gun, in this episode we discuss the story behind the story, and we’ll analyze how the criminal justice system deals with such young offenders. We look at precedents, what the psychiatrists say and at the societal influence that make events such as this one possible. We are of the opinion that this child is also a victim. 1, 2
We also talk about the child sized gun industry and the lightweight, JR-15 weapon, inspired by the AR-15 and designed for juniors by an American company. 3
1. Antonio Planas and Helen Kwong. 6-year-old is unlikely to be charged in teacher's shooting, but parents could be, experts say. NBC News. January 2023. ⇤
2. Erum Salam. Virginia teacher who was shot by six-year-old tried to confiscate gun – report. The Guardian. January 2023. ⇤
3. Snejana Farberov. 'It shoots just like mom and dad's gun': Weapons manufacturer unveils AR-15 for KIDS - called JR-15 - that is 20% smaller and weighs just 2.3lbs. The Daily Mail. Feb 2022. ⇤
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