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Lawyer: Principal unaware boy had gun before teacher shot

Feb. 02, 2023 17:18 PM EST

The former principal of the Virginia elementary school where a 6-year-old shot his teacher was not aware of reports that the student had a gun before the shooting occurred, her lawyer said Thursday. Briana Foster Newton was principal at Richneck Elementary in Newport News last month...

School where boy shot teacher reopens with added security

Jan. 30, 2023 17:18 PM EST

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The Virginia elementary school where a 6-year-old boy shot his teacher reopened Monday with stepped-up security and a new administrator, as nervous parents and students expressed optimism about a return to the classroom. Richneck Elementary School in...

Fallout from shooting by first-grader includes staff shakeup

Jan. 27, 2023 13:57 PM EST

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The fallout from the shooting of a teacher by a 6-year-old student in Virginia has prompted a staff shakeup in the Newport News school district. In addition to the firing of Superintendent Gary Parker this week, the principal and assistant principal of...

Virginia House GOP votes down gun control measures

Jan. 27, 2023 10:13 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia House Republicans have voted down a range of bills that would have added new restrictions on firearms, including a ban on assault-style weapons, a college campus gun ban and a gun-storage bill that were priorities for Democrats. The Thursday evening...

Lawyer: Warnings boy had gun ignored before he shot teacher

Jan. 25, 2023 20:11 PM EST

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Concerned staff warned administrators at a Virginia elementary school three times that a 6-year-old boy had a gun and was threatening other students in the hours before he shot and wounded a teacher, but the administration “was paralyzed by apathy” and didn't call...

'When does this stop?' For 2023, an alarmingly bloody start

Jan. 24, 2023 20:38 PM EST

In a country with more guns than people — and one emerging from three years of isolation, stress and infighting amid the pandemic — Americans are beginning 2023 with a steady barrage of mass slaughter. Eleven people killed as they welcomed the Lunar New Year at a dance hall...

Board voting on superintendent departure after teacher shot

Jan. 24, 2023 18:10 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia school board is scheduled to vote this week on the departure of its superintendent after a 6-year-old student shot and wounded his first-grade teacher. On Tuesday, the Newport News School Board posted an agenda for a special meeting on Wednesday,...

Virginia Senate panel OKs gun bills after campus shootings

Jan. 23, 2023 18:52 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Democrat-led Virginia Senate panel voted Monday to advance a range of gun control bills, including legislation meant to address recent campus shootings at the University of Virginia and a Newport News elementary school. In an hours-long hearing, the Senate...

Schools face pressure to take harder line on discipline

Jan. 21, 2023 08:14 AM EST

As kids' behavior reaches crisis points after the stress and isolation of pandemic shutdowns, many schools are facing pressure from critics to rethink their approaches to discipline — including policies intended to reduce suspensions and expulsions. Approaches such as...

Lawyer: 6-year-old who shot teacher has 'acute disability'

Jan. 19, 2023 21:38 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The family of a 6-year-old boy who shot and wounded his teacher in Virginia said Thursday that the child suffered from “an acute disability” and that one of his parents usually accompanied him in class but did not the week the shooting occurred. Also on...