NBC News: 6-year-old who shot teacher in Virginia won't face any charges
A six-year-old boy who shot at a Virginia elementary school will not face any charges according to NBC News.
According to NBC's report, the city prosecutor in Newport News, Virginia said that he is not seeking any charges against the boy, but is undecided on whether or not any adults associated with the case could be held criminally liable.
Attorney Howard Gwynn told NBC in an interview that "the prospect that a six-year-old can stand trial is problematic" citing that a child that young wouldn't have the competency to understand the legal system or what a charge means or adequately assist an attorney.
According to NBC, a six-year-old child could be criminally charged under Virginia state law.
However, Gwynn told NBC that he doesn't believe there is a legal basis to charge a child and that his office is focusing on other cases.
NBC News reports that the boy had behavioral issues and a patter of troubling interactions with school staff and his fellow students.
NBC cites a notice of intent to sue, which stated that the child was suspended for one day after breaking his teacher, Abigail Zwerner's cell phone and returned the next day with a 9mm handgun he used to shoot her.
According to NBC, Zwerner's Lawyer, Diane Toscano says the shooting was "entirely preventable" had school administrators "taken action when they had knowledge of the imminent danger."
NBC reports the boy's family said the weapon was secured in the home and that they have "always been committed to responsible gun ownership and keeping guns out of reach of children."
The family further stated that the boy has an acute disability and is receiving treatment under a court-ordered detention at a medical facility.