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'Shocking' failures led to shooting of Richneck teacher by 6-year-old

A 6-year-old boy who shot and wounded a teacher at Virginia's Richneck Elementary School last year should have been unenrolled after choking a different teacher, but basic lapses by administrators allowed him back, according to a special grand jury report released Wednesday.

The breakdown was one in a long line of failures by school administrators to act on warnings about the boy before he sneaked a gun into the Newport News school and opened fire on Abigail Zwerner, a first-grade teacher, the special grand jury wrote.

The panel's report suggested that the shooting could have been prevented, but that it also could have been much worse - as the young shooter had a gun full of bullets with 15 students cowering around him.


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