A teacher is indicted for shooting a 6-year-old student

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A former assistant principal at the Virginia elementary school where a 6-year-old boy shot his teacher last year has been indicted on eight felony counts of child abuse and neglect, according to court documents unsealed on Tuesday.
The former assistant principal, Ebony Parker, was indicted by a grand jury last month, according to Newport News Circuit Court records.
Each charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
His office could not be immediately reached for comment on Tuesday evening.
The charges against Ms. Parker came as adults are increasingly being held accountable in cases in which juveniles have caused gun violence.
The mother of the 6-year-old boy, Deja Taylor, was sentenced in December to two years in prison after pleading guilty to felony child neglect.
Earlier, she was sentenced to 21 months after pleading guilty to using marijuana while owning a firearm and making false statements about drug use.
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Eight felony counts of child abuse and neglect have been brought against a former assistant principal of the Virginia elementary school where a 6-year-old boy shot his teacher last year, according to court documents unsealed on Tuesday.

Newport News Circuit Court records state that a grand jury indicted Ebony Parker, the former assistant principal, last month. The maximum sentence for each charge is five years in prison.

A year ago, Howard E. A special grand jury was requested by Gwynn, the commonwealth attorney for Newport News, in order to look into potential security lapses that led to the shooting and establish if anyone else was criminally accountable. On Tuesday night, there was no immediate response from his office when contacted. Additionally, Ms. Parker’s attorney could not be reached right away.

As more and more cases of juveniles using guns to commit gun violence are being brought against adults, Ms. Parker is being charged.

Deja Taylor, the mother of the 6-year-old boy, admitted guilt to the crime of felony child neglect in December and was given a two-year prison sentence. She had earlier admitted to using marijuana while in possession of a firearm, lying about her drug use, and receiving a 21-month sentence. On the same day that two Michigan parents received sentences ranging from 10 to 15 years in prison for not intervening to stop their son from killing four other students in the deadliest school shooting in Michigan history, the indictment against Ms. Parker was also made public.

Following the shooting at Newport News, Virginia’s Richneck Elementary School, the former assistant principal tendered his resignation. is one of the school personnel named as defendants in a lawsuit that was brought last year by the teacher, Abigail Zwerner, who suffered severe injuries on January. During an afternoon class on June 6, 2023, the boy took out his gun, pointed it in her direction, and fired. Ms. Zwerner was hit in the chest by a single bullet that went through her hand.

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