Anger grows in Virginia city where first-grader shot teacher

Community members clap in support of Evelyn Cox as she speaks about poor behavior from students in front of the Newport News School Board on Tuesday at the Newport News Public Schools Administration building in Newport News, Va. Community members spoke about issues and solutions to violence in schools following the shooting at Richneck Elementary by a 6-year-old that left a teacher in critical condition.  

He was 6, in his first-grade class in Newport News, Virginia. He pointed a handgun at his teacher, police say, and then he pulled the trigger. And across the nation, people ... didn't quite know how to react.

Even in a country where gun violence is sadly commonplace, the story of a small boy with a gun is reverberating in a big way. There has been finger-pointing. Confusion. Floundering for answers. Mass grappling with deeply uncomfortable feelings. And questions: How could something like this possibly happen? Where in the national consciousness do we put it?

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