Virginia teacher shot by 6-year-old student to sue school district, claiming administrators were warned of a weapon

Virginia teacher shot by 6-year-old student to sue school district, claiming administrators were warned of a weapon

The Virginia teacher who was shot by a 6-year-old student during class plans to sue the school district, according to the teacher’s lawyer.

Diane Toscano, an attorney for Abigail Zwerner, said Wednesday that on the day of the shooting, concerned teachers and employees warned administrators three times that the boy had a gun and was threatening other students, “but the administration didn’t bother. “

The boy shot Zwerner, 25, with a handgun owned by his mother while she was teaching at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News on January 6.

“Our hearts go out to our son’s teacher and we pray for his healing after such an unimaginable tragedy as he selflessly served our son and the children at school,” the boy’s family said Jan. 19 in a statement released by his attorney.

VIRGINIA SCHOOL DISRUPTED TEACHER’S WARNINGS BEFORE 6-YEAR-OLD SHOOT HIM

Messages of support for teacher Abby Zwerner, who was shot by a 6-year-old student, adorn the front door of Richneck Elementary School in Newport News, Virginia, on January 9, 2023.

Messages of support for teacher Abby Zwerner, who was shot by a 6-year-old student, adorn the front door of Richneck Elementary School in Newport News, Virginia, on January 9, 2023.
(AP/John C. Clark)

The statement said the weapon used in the shooting, which police said was a Taurus 9mm handgun, had been “seized.”

The family also said in their statement that the child is “acutely disabled” and was under a care plan “that included his mother or father attending school with him and accompanying him to class every day.” The week of the shooting was the first week a parent was not in class with him, the family said.

FAMILY OF 6-YEAR-OLD VIRGINIA STUDENT WHO SHOT HIS TEACHER BREAKS SILENCE, INSISTS GUN WAS SEIZED

Abby Zwerner was shot in the abdomen by a 6-year-old student who had brought a gun to school.

Abby Zwerner was shot in the abdomen by a 6-year-old student who had brought a gun to school.
(Facebook/Abby Zwerner)

Police Chief Steve Drew has repeatedly characterized the shooting as “intentional,” saying the boy took aim at Zwerner and fired a round, hitting her in the hand and chest. Zwerner was hospitalized for nearly two weeks but is now recovering at home, a hospital spokesman said.

Police respond to a shooting at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News, Virginia, on January 6, 2023.

Police respond to a shooting at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News, Virginia, on January 6, 2023.
(Billy Schuerman/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

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The Newport News School Board will hold a special meeting Wednesday night to vote on a severance agreement and severance package for Superintendent George Parker III, according to a posted agenda. The board is also scheduled to vote on a new interim superintendent.

Fox News’ Greg Norman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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