- The teacher Abigail Zwerner was in a routine lecture at Richneck Elementary School when a six-year-old boy from her class fired a gunshot at her.
- The news officials held a conference on Monday in which they confirmed that the boy was in full consciousness and deliberately shot the teacher.
- As soon as the teacher was shot, around twenty students ran out of the classroom, and another employee came into the room and attempted to restrain the boy.
The teacher, Abigail Zwerner, was in a routine lecture at Richneck Elementary School when a six-year-old boy from her class stood up and fired a gunshot at her.
The news officials held a conference on Monday in which they confirmed that the boy was in full consciousness and deliberately shot the teacher. They added that the gun was brought from home.
When the boy pointed his gun at the teacher, she threw her hand in the air, but the bullet eventually went past her hand and struck her in the chest.
As soon as the teacher was shot, around twenty students ran out of the classroom, and another employee came into the room and attempted to restrain the boy. Meanwhile, the teacher went stumbling into the hallway and asked authorities to call 911 for help.
The chief of police, Steve Drew, stated on the incident, “She turned around to make sure that every one of those students was safe.”
The police and school principal stated the teachers acted heroic and said anything could’ve happened to the students if she hadn’t managed to get in touch with the police at the right time.
In Monday’s news conference, the authorities confirmed that the child had obtained the gun from his home and his mother owned the weapon legally.
The gun used in the scandal was a 9 mm Taurus handgun. According to her mother, the child is under treatment at a medical facility.
The superintendent of New York public schools, George Parker, had an interview with the press in which he said that security measures like metal detectors are already in place in high schools for the secondary level.
But nobody was prepared for a 6-year-old bringing a handgun to school, and this is a point of concern.
Mr. Parker is also considering installing the same safety tools at the primary level. He said, “I hate to be at this point where I’m considering this, but we have to start relying on those types of deterrence at the elementary level as well.”
Although there have been a lot of school shooting cases in the past, this one is alarming since a six-year-old kid was involved. The case has raised several complex questions.
This era is known for repeated school shooting incidents and raised questions on how safety can be ensured even if such small kids bring weapons to a school.