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Metal detector to be installed at Virginia elementary where 6-year-old shot teacher


When students return to the Virginia school where a first-grade teacher was shot by a 6-year-old, the campus will be outfitted with a metal detector.

The Newport News Public Schools district announced Thursday that a detector will be installed at Richneck Elementary School, where Abigail Zwerner was shot while teaching.

The school has been closed since the shooting Friday, but school board chair Lisa R. Surles-Law said the campus will reopen with a metal detector.

“Metal detectors are going to start at Richneck so we can get those students in the building,” Surles-Law said.

A return date has not been determined, a spokesperson for the district said.

Surles-Law also announced that officials found funding to add for metal detectors throughout the district.

“The 90 state-of-the-art metal detectors are going in each and every school in our district and some of them will have more than one,” Surles-Law said.

She did not disclose the cost of the detectors or a timeline for installation.

More on the Virginia teacher’s shooting

No students were injured in the shooting, and the 6-year-old was taken into custody Friday.

A court-ordered temporary detention order was placed on the child,…

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