A fifth-grade pupil on the identical Virginia faculty the place a 6-year-old shot his teacher final month was yanked from lessons this week after threatening to “pop some bullets.”
The teenager, who was not recognized, additionally texted classmates over the weekend that somebody ought to “shoot up the category,” officers at Richneck Elementary School stated in a letter to folks on Monday, NBC News said in a report.
“One of the scholars said that they’d ‘pop some bullets’ and inform somebody to shoot up the category,” Karen Lynch, the administrator on the Newport News faculty, stated within the letter.
“I instantly contacted the coed’s mother and father and excluded the coed from faculty,” Lynch stated. “A radical investigation is underway with the police division. A menace evaluation is in progress.
“Threats and security issues are all the time taken very critically,” Lynch wrote within the letter. “Please relaxation assured that every one protocols are being adopted and this incident is being addressed accordingly.”
The pupil made the threats whereas texting with classmates on Saturday, with one of many children reporting it to his mother and father, who then notified the college, NBC stated.
The faculty was closed for Presidents’ Day on Monday, however the teenager was not allowed to return to lessons once they resumed Tuesday, the outlet reported.
The faculty didn’t say how lengthy the teenager could be stored out of college.
The troubling incident comes simply weeks after a 6-year-old student at the school shot and wounded teacher Abby Zwerner along with his mom’s 9mm handgun.
Officials stated the boy, who was additionally not recognized, had an altercation with Zwerner simply two days earlier than the Jan. 6 capturing, throughout which he “slammed” her cellphone.
The pupil was suspended for at some point and returned with the gun the next day — pulling out the weapon and capturing Zwerner whereas she sat at a studying desk.
The 25-year-old teacher survived the capturing and remains to be recovering, whereas the boy was moved to a different class in one other faculty within the district, officers stated.
“It is a miracle that extra individuals weren’t harmed,” Diane Toscano, the wounded teacher’s lawyer, stated in a authorized submitting earlier this month.
“The shooter spent his complete recess with a gun in his pocket, a gun that was loaded and able to hearth … whereas a number of first-grade college students performed.”
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