- A first grader known as John Doe shot and killed his elementary teacher on January 6th when she sat at the reading table in class.
- Prosecutors working on the case uniformly decided not to bring criminal charges against the 6-year-old because it would be too problematic.
- The boy’s parents could find themselves facing charges if evidence proves that the 9mm handgun was not secured when their son brought him to Rechnik Elementary School.
- Leaving a loaded gun in a place accessible to a child under the age of 14 is a misdemeanor offense punishable by a maximum of one year in prison and a $2,500 fine.
Should the parents of the 6-year-old who shot Virginia teacher be held responsible for his disturbing act?
A first grader known as John Doe shot and killed his elementary teacher on January 6th when she sat at the reading table in class.
Prosecutors working on the case uniformly decided not to bring criminal charges against the 6-year-old because it would be too problematic.
If evidence proves that the 9mm handgun was not secured when the boy brought it to Retnick Elementary School on January 6 and shot 25-year-old Abigail Zwirner, the boy’s parents could face charges.
The boy’s parents, who have not yet faced legal charges, stated that they had secured the legally purchased weapon on an upper shelf in the boy’s mother’s locker and placed a trigger lock on it.
Suppose the evidence does not support the claim of the boy’s father. In that case, they would be charged under a Virginia law that prohibits leaving a loaded handgun in a place accessible to a child under 14, a misdemeanor offense punishable by a maximum of one year in prison and a $2,500 fine.
Zwirner survived the shooting and is now pursuing legal action against the school district for not taking her concerns about the student seriously enough in the weeks leading up to the shooting.
The 25-year-old teacher claims the student had a string of misdemeanors to his name. Just two days before the shooting, the boy had an angry argument with Zwirner in which he “rammed” and broke her cell phone.
Parents of the 6-year-olds who shot the Virginia teacher have made no comments regarding their children’s behavioral issues. It is not known whether they became aware of their son’s problems or made any efforts to address their problems.
The teacher repeatedly reported the facts to the school administration, who did nothing to improve the situation. The little boy has now been transferred to another school in the area.
Three months after the disturbing incident, a Virginia teacher who fatally shot a 6-year-old sued the school for $40 million.
The injured teacher’s lawsuit states that Assistant Principal Ebony Parker chose to “breach her presumed duty” to protect Zwirner, “even when several accounts were advanced of a firearm being on school property and possibly being possessed by an aggressive individual.”
Associate director Ebony Parker resigned as a result of the firing. Zwirner, 25, wants a jury to hear her case.
She stated in her suit that she was suffering from “physical pain and psychological pain as a result of the accident.”
The plaintiff’s lawyer stated that the school had received three warnings about the boy’s possession of a gun.
In a statement Monday, the Newport News School Board said it will “work with legal counsel accordingly” once the lawsuit is received.