Lawyer: Gun used by student who shot teacher ‘protected’

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) – The family of a 6-year-old boy who shot and wounded his teacher in Virginia on Thursday said the gun he used was “safe.”

The family’s statement given by a lawyer did not detail where exactly the 9mm gun was placed. The family has not been identified.

“Our family has always been committed to gun ownership and keeping guns out of children’s reach,” the statement said. “The gun found by our son was secured.”

The family also stated that the boy “suffered from a disability and was under a care plan at school that included his mother or father studying with him and accompanying him to class every day.”

The family said the week of the shooting “was the first week we weren’t in class with him. We will mourn our loss today for the rest of our lives.”

The statement was issued by the office of Newport News attorney James S. Ellenson.

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