Mother jailed after son shoots teacher

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A mother from Virginia in the USA was sentenced to prison after her six-year-old son shot and seriously wounded his teacher.

Deja Taylor was sentenced to 21 months in prison after her son took her firearm to his school in January this year and shot his teacher, Abigail Zwerner (25). Zwerner suffered injuries to her hand and chest and had to be treated in a hospital for two weeks.

The 26-year-old Taylor pleaded guilty in June to having obtained the firearm illegally by, among other things, making a false statement on a government form in order to be able to buy the weapon.

Taylor falsely indicated on a form from the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) that she was using “no illegal drugs” – one of the prerequisites for owning a firearm. However, evidence obtained by investigators revealed that Taylor did regularly use marijuana.

In the midst of a large number of fatal firearm incidents involving young people, pressure has begun to increase in the US to punish parents who allow their children to acquire weapons.

The father of an Illinois man accused of killing seven people during a US Independence Day parade pleaded guilty last week to “reckless conduct” for helping his son obtain the assault rifle used in the mass shooting. was used.

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 with buying their son a gun, even though they were aware of signs that he might be a threat can contain