Another School Shooting

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Criminal probe focuses on school where boy, 6, shot teacher
Author of the article:Associated Press
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Ben Finley And Denise Lavoie
Published Apr 11, 2023 • 3 minute read

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Prosecutors in the Virginia city where a 6-year-old shot his teacher in an elementary school classroom are investigating whether the “actions or omissions” of any school employees could lead to criminal charges, according to court documents released Tuesday.


Howard Gwynn, the commonwealth’s attorney in Newport News, filed a petition for a special grand jury to probe if any “security failures” contributed to the shooting at Richneck Elementary in January that seriously wounded teacher Abby Zwerner.


Gwynn wrote that an investigation could lead to recommendations “in the hopes that such a situation never occurs again.”

Gwynn’s petition was released a day after his office charged the boy’s mother with felony child neglect and a misdemeanor count of endangering a child by reckless storage of a firearm. The child used his mother’s 9mm handgun to shoot Zwerner during class. Police say the weapon was legally purchased.

Last week, Zwerner filed a $40 million lawsuit against the school system, accusing school officials of gross negligence and of ignoring multiple warnings from teachers and other school employees that the boy was armed and in a “violent mood” on the day of the shooting.


Zwerner also alleges that school officials knew the boy “had a history of random violence” at school and at home, including an episode the year before when he “strangled and choked” his kindergarten teacher.

“Our lawsuit makes clear that we believe the school division violated state law, and we are pursuing this in civil court,” Diane Toscano, an attorney for Zwerner, said Monday.

The prosecutor’s decision to investigate school employees for any criminal activity is the latest fallout from the shooting, which sent shockwaves through Newport News, a shipbuilding city of about 185,000 people near the Chesapeake Bay.

Police Chief Steve Drew has repeatedly characterized the shooting as “intentional.” He said there was no warning and no struggle before the child pointed the gun at Zwerner and fired one round, striking her in the hand and chest.


Zwerner, 25, hustled her students out of the classroom before being rushed to the hospital, where she stayed for nearly two weeks.

Days after the shooting, school officials revealed that administrators at Richneck suspected the child may have had a weapon before the shooting occurred, but they didn’t find it despite searching his backpack.

At a subsequent school board meeting, parents and teachers lambasted administrators for what they called a misguided emphasis on attendance over the safety of children and staff. They said students who assault classmates and staff often face few consequences, while Zwerner’s shooting could have been prevented if not for a toxic environment in which teachers’ concerns are ignored.


The school board fired the district’s superintendent, while Richneck’s assistant principal resigned from the school division. The elementary school’s principal is still employed by the district but no longer holds that position.

Richneck also installed metal detectors before it reopened on Jan. 30, three weeks after the shooting.

Meanwhile, James Ellenson, the attorney for the 6-year-old’s mother, said in a statement that she “has cooperated from the first day of the incident.”

He said the mother has no criminal record and will be turning herself in before the end of the week.

“Most criminal prosecutions are adversarial in nature, but we will make our best efforts so that these proceedings will be more collaborative than most,” he said, without providing specifics.


Ellenson did not comment on the charges against her. But he has said her gun was secured on a top shelf in her closet and had a trigger lock.

The family has said the boy has an “acute disability” and was under a care plan “that included his mother or father attending school with him and accompanying him to class every day.” The week of the shooting was the first when a parent was not in class with him, the family said.

The family said in the days after the shooting that the child was placed under hospital care and receiving “the treatment he needs.”

Michelle Price, a spokeswoman for the Newport News Public Schools, did not immediately respond with a comment on the criminal investigation.
 

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Mother of young boy who shot teacher arrested in Virginia
Author of the article:Associated Press
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Published Apr 13, 2023 • 2 minute read

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The mother of a 6-year-old boy who shot and wounded his teacher in Virginia has been formally arrested on charges of child neglect and failing to secure her handgun, police announced Thursday.


The Newport News Police Department released a booking photo of the woman, 25, and a brief statement that said she turned herself in at the local jail. She was released from custody after posting a $5,000 bond and has a status hearing scheduled Friday in Newport News Circuit Court, said James Ellenson, her attorney.


The Associated Press isn’t naming the mother to shield the identity of her son.

Authorities had announced Monday that she was being charged with felony child neglect and a misdemeanor charge of endangering a child by reckless storage of a firearm.

“She is nervous and scared because she has never been charged before, but holding up well,” Ellenson wrote in an email Thursday.

The woman’s arrest comes more than three months after police say her son shot and wounded first-grade teacher Abby Zwerner as she sat at a reading table in her classroom. Police said the child used his mother’s gun, which was legally purchased.


Zwerner filed a $40 million lawsuit against the school system last week, accusing school officials of gross negligence and of ignoring multiple warnings from teachers and others that the boy had taken a gun to school that day.

The city prosecutor’s office said Tuesday that it is investigating whether the “actions or omissions” of any school employees could lead to criminal charges.

The January shooting at Richneck Elementary has rattled Newport News, a shipbuilding city of about 185,000 people near the Chesapeake Bay.

Police Chief Steve Drew has repeatedly characterized the shooting as “intentional.” He said there was no warning and no struggle before the child pointed the gun at Zwerner and fired one round, striking her in the hand and chest.


Zwerner, 25, hustled her students out of the classroom before being rushed to the hospital, where she stayed for nearly two weeks.

The felony neglect charge filed against the boy’s mother is punishable by up to five years in prison. The misdemeanour charge of recklessly storing a firearm is punishable by up to one year in jail.

Ellenson has said previously that she has no criminal record. He has also said that her gun was secured on a top shelf in her closet and had a trigger lock.

The family has said the boy has an “acute disability ” and was under a care plan that included his mother or father accompanying him to class every day. The week of the shooting was the first when a parent was not in class with him, the family said.
 

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Wow….just watched the above vid…Holy Crap. We have Grandkids (3/6) that if in Texas would qualify for that training. I don’t know what the answer is, but this isn’t it.

‘Grade 3’and ‘battlefield trauma’ shouldn’t ever have to be in the same sentence.

(3) to students enrolled at the campus in grade three[seven] or higher.

If this training was make into a realistic movie or video game, what age restricting rating would it carry (?) and would a third grader be allowed to watch or play it based upon the content, etc…?

Yes, until things change in the US this concept might very well be necessary (bleeding control stations in public schools) but not “Manned” by Third Graders.
 
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Wow….just watched the above vid…Holy Crap. We have Grandkids (3/6) that if in Texas would qualify for that training. I don’t know what the answer is, but this isn’t it.

‘Grade 3’and ‘battlefield trauma’ shouldn’t ever have to be in the same sentence.

(3) to students enrolled at the campus in grade three[seven] or higher.

If this training was make into a realistic movie or video game, what age restricting rating would it carry (?) and would a third grader be allowed to watch or play it based upon the content, etc…?

Yes, until things change in the US this concept might very well be necessary (bleeding control stations in public schools) but not “Manned” by Third Graders.

And yet these same 3rd graders, who are expected to deal with battlefield trauma, aren't allowed to read books that might mention gays or something...

The US is becoming more insane the more time goes by.
 

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don't they already have tampon dispensers?

:?P

like mohambie says, old enough to bleed...

btw kids are carrying AKs at that age in some of those turd world countries
 

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Mr Again is waaaaay out in left field.

Ron, kids in grade 3 are 8 years old. Your grandkids dont qualify.

An 8 year old is far more capable and resilient than he gives credit for. 8 years old these days can roll a joint FFS ......trouble sticking a straw into a bag of juice he says, WTF?. Kids arent helpless pussies, todays parents parents are. Its not rocket appliances to use a tourniquet or chest seal.

Were we traumatized by nuke drills? No. Was it wrong to teach us to be prepared even if we'd be barbecued. No. Grade 3 is when swimming lessons start in school and CPR is taught to go along with it. Is it traumatizing to find you buddy face down in a pool or lake, of course it is. The training is very valuable, it builds a better empowered kid that can save a life. Ive never had to do CPR but Ive used tourniquets and seals before. If a kid put a sticker on their notebook or use a can opener they can use a tourniquet and a chest seal.

It's still just first aid and far from being a combat medic training. They arent teaching intubation, which drugs to administer and when, catheders, IVs, immobilization of joints, taking pulse and BP, chest cavity drains, and evacuation all while bullets are flying and imcoming artillery.

Then there is the bullshit angle of "glamourizing guns". There are thousands of ways to get injuries that require a seal or a tourniquet. Do kids crash bicycles? Fuck yes. Are compound fractures uncommon in bike crashes? Are there not ways to be be impaled riding a bike? Do these techniques glamourize bicycle crashes, powertools or working in heavy industry. Beau Again comes off sounding like there are no other uses for seals or tourniquets?

This all that is needed to do a chest seal.

Step 1 clean the area around the wound.

Step 2 Open the tegaderm seal package, peel off half the backing, apply the seal on one side of the wound, peel off the other half and press firm.

To properly use a tourniquet wrap it around the arm or leg as close to the wound as possible, cinch the belt then crank the handle until it is impossible to put a finger under it then crank 3 more times. Finally, note the time of application on the tag on the tourniquet.


Training over.

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From my personal FA kit.

By the way....if the crazy lesbian exited its echo chamber she'd learn fag books werent banned outright just off the shelves elementary (K-6) but can be found in Middle School Grades 7-9 where its appropriate. Kids in elementary arent mature enough to understand why two teen boys are sucking each other off in the story.

When it comes to banned books, 99% are because of Leftist BS. Huck Finn of all books for one because they used the word Nigger to describe Jim which in the 1890s wasnt derogatory.
 
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Mr Again is waaaaay out in left field.

Ron, kids in grade 3 are 8 years old. Your grandkids dont qualify.
Our Grandkids are a 15yr old, 11yr old, two 8yr olds, a 5yr old, & a 3yr old. Guess 4/6 would qualify.
An 8 year old is far more capable and resilient than he gives credit for. 8 years old these days can roll a joint FFS ......trouble sticking a straw into a bag of juice he says, WTF?. Kids arent helpless pussies, todays parents parents are. Its not rocket appliances to use a tourniquet or chest seal.

Were we traumatized by nuke drills? No. Was it wrong to teach us to be prepared even if we'd be barbecued. No. Grade 3 is when swimming lessons start in school and CPR is taught to go along with it. Is it traumatizing to find you buddy face down in a pool or lake, of course it is. The training is very valuable, it builds a better empowered kid that can save a life. Ive never had to do CPR but Ive used tourniquets and seals before. If a kid put a sticker on their notebook or use a can opener they can use a tourniquet and a chest seal.

It's still just first aid and far from being a combat medic training. They arent teaching intubation, which drugs to administer and when, catheders, IVs, immobilization of joints, taking pulse and BP, chest cavity drains, and evacuation all while bullets are flying and imcoming artillery.

Then there is the bullshit angle of "glamourizing guns". There are thousands of ways to get injuries that require a seal or a tourniquet. Do kids crash bicycles? Fuck yes. Are compound fractures uncommon in bike crashes? Are there not ways to be be impaled riding a bike? Do these techniques glamourize bicycle crashes, powertools or working in heavy industry. Beau Again comes off sounding like there are no other uses for seals or tourniquets?

This all that is needed to do a chest seal.

Step 1 clean the area around the wound.

Step 2 Open the tegaderm seal package, peel off half the backing, apply the seal on one side of the wound, peel off the other half and press firm.

To properly use a tourniquet wrap it around the arm or leg as close to the wound as possible, cinch the belt then crank the handle until it is impossible to put a finger under it then crank 3 more times. Finally, note the time of application on the tag on the tourniquet.


Training over.

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From my personal FA kit.

By the way....if the crazy lesbian exited its echo chamber she'd learn fag books werent banned outright just off the shelves elementary (K-6) but can be found in Middle School Grades 7-9 where its appropriate. Kids in elementary arent mature enough to understand why two teen boys are sucking each other off in the story.

When it comes to banned books, 99% are because of Leftist BS. Huck Finn of all books for one because they used the word Nigger to describe Jim which in the 1890s wasnt derogatory.
 

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Our Grandkids are a 15yr old, 11yr old, two 8yr olds, a 5yr old, & a 3yr old. Guess 4/6 would qualify.
More than old enough and capable enough.

Once upon a time kids were taking first aid regularly through School, Cubs, Scouts, Brownies, Guides and 5H (Head, heart, hands, health and homos) and the likes.

If kids were heavily involved in these social development organisations as they once were I doubt there would be school shootings.

5H gets you over the blood and gore after the killing and butchering of livestock, they taught proper use and respect of fire arms, knives and archery, first aid, sciences, agronomy, politics, mechanical, sciences, leadership and participation within the community and a fuck tonne social skills.

Kids just arent being given any social skills.

Out of all the school shootings, how many of the perpetrators didnt have social skills or self-confidence? Its pretty damn easy to bruise an ego when an ego consists of being able reach level 40 in Fortnight and nothing more.
 
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Mom of Virginia boy who shot teacher takes responsibility
Deja Taylor said she does feel responsibility for shooting and apologized to teacher, 25-year-old Abigail Zwerner

Author of the article:Associated Press
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Published May 10, 2023 • 3 minute read

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Four months after a 6-year-old Virginia boy shot and wounded his teacher as she taught class, an attorney for the boy’s mother said it still is not clear how the boy got the gun.

Police have said Deja Taylor legally purchased the gun used in the Jan. 6 shooting and Taylor’s attorney, James Ellenson, has said she believed her gun was secured on a high closet shelf with a trigger lock. In an interview ABC’s “Good Morning America” aired Wednesday, Ellenson said no one knows how he got it.


“People have talked to him about that, but I don’t know that any adult knows exactly how he got the gun,” Ellenson said.

Taylor said her son has ADHD and while attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder might affect others mildly, she described her son as “off the wall,” saying he “doesn’t sit still ever.”



Ellenson has said the boy was under a care plan that included a family member accompanying him to class every day. The week of the shooting was the first when a parent was not in class with him. The change was made because the boy had started medication and was meeting his goals academically, Taylor said.

Taylor was charged last month with felony neglect and reckless storage of a firearm. A trial date of Aug. 15 has been set. Ellenson has said Taylor wants to reach a plea agreement with prosecutors.

The felony neglect charge is punishable by up to five years in prison. The misdemeanour charge of recklessly storing a firearm is punishable by up to one year in jail. The boy will not be prosecuted.

Taylor said she does feel responsibility for the shooting and apologized to the teacher, 25-year-old Abigail Zwerner.


“That is my son, so I am, as a parent, obviously willing to take responsibility for him because he can’t take responsibility for himself,” Taylor said. “I just truly would like to apologize … she did get hurt. We were actually kind of forming a relationship with me having to be in the classroom. And she is really a bright person.”

Zwerner was shot in the hand and chest as she sat at a reading table in her first-grade classroom at Richneck Elementary. She spent nearly two weeks in the hospital, has had four surgeries and later told NBC she sometimes “can’t get up out of bed.”

Zwerner filed a $40 million lawsuit that accuses school officials of gross negligence and of ignoring multiple warnings the day of the shooting. Zwerner’s attorneys say school officials knew the boy “had a history of random violence” at school and at home, including an episode the year before when he “strangled and choked” his kindergarten teacher. The boy was sent to another school, but allowed his return for first grade this school year, Zwerner’s lawsuit states.


The Newport News School Board argues her injuries fall under the state’s workers compensation act and cannot be addressed through her suit. The board pushed back against Zwerner’s claims that the child should not have remained in her class, saying he was in the process of being evaluated and treated for possible ADHD — which causes inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. Even if he had been found in need of additional services, state and federal laws would have applied “for the purpose of keeping such children in the classroom with their peers when possible.”