Parents and teachers at Newport News discuss filming on TikTok

People affected by the Newport News, Virginia school shooting are sharing the story of what happened and how it felt on TikTok.

TikToker Joss Maura, @joss_maura, said her son was locked away at Richneck Elementary School while filming.

“Just when I thought I was having a good day, I received a text that my 9-year-old son was locked in school with an active shooter who is only six years old,” the on-screen text said, like Joss can be seen pouring a glass of wine.

According to the BBC, the Newport News shooting happened just after 2pm on Friday. A six-year-old boy shot his teacher, who was critically injured but is in stable condition. The incident reportedly happened after an altercation between the boy and his teacher, but it’s unclear how the boy got hold of the gun or why he took it to school.

A substitute teacher who replaced Abby Zwerner, the teacher, said she knew the child she shot.

“I signed up for her class this year, I tutored her class, I tutored the 6-year-old who shot her,” she said in a TikTok.

In a follow-up, the TikToker said she “knew [Zwerner] had problems with some of the kids in there.”

Police have yet to release the shooter’s name, and Richneck Elementary School is scheduled to remain closed through Friday.

Commenters on the TikToks showed sympathy for both the substitute teacher and the parents.

“So scary and I’m so glad you’re all safe!” said one commenter.

“Hugs to you, prayers to Abby,” wrote another.

“You’ve done everything you can, I promise you, it’s just a heartbreaking reality that these events still happen, if they’re preventable, take care of yourself,” said another.

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*Initial publication: January 9, 2023 3:08 pm CST

Jacob Seitz

Jacob Seitz is a freelance journalist originally from Columbus, Ohio, interested in the intersection of culture and politics.

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