NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew walked through the timeline of the Richneck Elementary School shooting during his regularly scheduled “Chat with the Chief” on Facebook Live Wednesday.
The online discussion comes just over a week after a 6-year-old student at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News shot his first-grade teacher. The school has not been open for nearly two weeks since the shooting occurred.
“What I don’t want to do is I do not want to push the investigators or detectives and skip something,” he said. “I get a lot of calls for ‘Is this gonna happen,’ ‘Is that gonna happen and this should have taken place already.'”
He said his department is conducting a thorough investigation in consultation with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office. He said psychologists are still interviewing the first graders in the classroom at the time of the shooting – a process he believes should be concluded by Thursday.
“Just, what did they see are they able to talk about it? The psychologist is much more well-versed at interviewing children and talking to them about situations like that,” Drew said.
He also discussed the use of metal detectives in schools, a measure the school board announced last week in response to the shooting. He said he’s unsure about their efficacy in preventing similar tragedies.
“I don’t know. I just don’t know. You know the cost, how people feel? Is it beneficial? For me, probably I would wanna look at the data and research I heard about yesterday,” Drew said, referencing a round table he attended yesterday, hosted by Rep. Bobby Scott.
The teacher, Abby Zwerner, is currently recovering from her injuries. Her twin sister has set up a GoFundMe account to help with her recovery.
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