Mother of 6-year-old Virginia boy who shot teacher given prison sentence

Newport News, Virginia – A Virginia woman whose six-year-old son shot and severely wounded his teacher was sentenced to 21 months in prison on Wednesday on gun charges.

Deja Taylor, the mother of the 6-year-old shooter at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News, has been sentenced to 21 months behind bars. © IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

Deja Taylor’s son brought her gun to school in Virginia on January 6 and shot his elementary school teacher.

The teacher was hospitalized for two weeks with injuries to her hand and chest.


Taylor had claimed, falsely, on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives form that she did not consume illegal drugs.

She was sentenced to one year and nine months in prison by a US District Court judge in the city of Newport News on Wednesday, local television reported.

Prosecutors have also brought charges at the state level against Taylor, charging her with felony child neglect.

Police tape hangs from a sign post outside Richneck Elementary School following a shooting by a 6-year-old on January 7, 2023, in Newport News, Virginia. © JAY PAUL / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP

Amid a huge number of deadly firearms incidents involving young people, pressure has been mounting in the United States to punish parents who make it possible for their children to get weapons.


The parents of a 15-year-old boy who killed four people at a high school in Oakland County, Michigan, in November 2021 have been charged for buying their son a gun even though they were aware of signs he was a threat.

While accidents involving young children accessing unsecured firearms in their homes are common in the United States, school shootings perpetrated by those under 10 years old are rare.

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