School Board in Virginia Votes to Fire Superintendent After Teacher Shot by 6-Year-Old Sues School District

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The Virginia simple school teacher who was changeable by a pupil successful a schoolroom earlier this period is suing her schoolhouse district, which she alleged could person done much to forestall the shooting.

Following the announcement of the lawsuit, the Newport News Public Schools schoolhouse committee connected the aforesaid time voted 5-1 to occurrence its superintendent, Dr. George Parker III.

The unfortunate of the incident, Abigail Zwerner, is simply a teacher astatine Richneck Elementary School successful Newport News, Virginia. She was critically injured successful the thorax connected Jan. 7 erstwhile a 6-year-old pupil brought a weapon into a schoolroom and intentionally fired the limb astatine her. No students were hurt.

Diane Toscano, an lawyer for Zwerner, alleged that the schoolhouse medication “could not beryllium bothered” to respond contempt being warned respective times that the lad had a weapon with him astatine school.

“This should person ne'er happened. It was preventable and convey God Abby is alive. But had the schoolhouse administrators acted successful the involvement of their teachers and their students, Abby would not person sustained a gunshot coiled to the chest,” Toscano said astatine the Jan. 25 property league announcing the lawsuit.

“On that day, implicit the people of a fewer hours, 3 antithetic times—three times—school medication was warned by acrophobic teachers and employees that the lad had a weapon connected him astatine the schoolhouse and was threatening people. But the medication could not beryllium bothered,” Toscano said.

Administrator ‘Downplayed’ Report

Specifically, according to the lawyer, Zwerner archetypal went to an head astatine astir 11:30 a.m. connected the time of the shooting and told him the lad had threatened to bushed up different child.

About an hr later, different teacher went to an head and said she didn’t find a weapon successful the boy’s schoolbag but warned that she believed the lad had enactment the weapon successful his pouch earlier going extracurricular for recess, Toscano said.

“The head downplayed the study from the teacher and the anticipation of a gun, saying—and I quote—’Well, helium has small pockets,'” Toscano said.

The 3rd informing came aft 1 p.m., erstwhile a antithetic teacher told administrators that a pupil who was “crying and fearful” said the lad showed him a weapon during recess and threatened to sprout him if helium told anyone, according to Toscano.

Epoch Times Photo A broadside doorway warns visitors to halt astatine Richneck Elementary School successful Newport News, Va., connected Jan. 7, 2023. A 6-year-old pupil was taken into custody aft reportedly shooting a teacher during an altercation successful 1 of the school’s classrooms. (Jay Paul/Getty Images)

About an hr earlier the shooting, a 4th worker who heard that the lad mightiness person a limb asked the head for support to hunt him, but was denied, said Toscano. “He was told to hold the concern retired due to the fact that the schoolhouse time was astir over,” she said.

“Were they not truthful paralyzed by apathy, they could person prevented this tragedy,” the lawyer said, adding that her lawsuit is recovering, “but the roadworthy to betterment volition beryllium long” and “the intelligence scars volition beryllium lasting.”

A spokesperson for Newport News Public Schools said successful a connection that they cannot remark connected those allegations portion the probe is inactive ongoing.

Family’s Regret

The household of the 6-year-old child, whose individuality remains undisclosed, said past week that their lad “suffers from an acute disablement and was nether a attraction program astatine the schoolhouse that included his parent oregon begetter attending schoolhouse with him and accompanying him to people each day.”

“The week of the shooting was the archetypal week erstwhile we were not successful people with him. We volition regret our lack connected this time for the remainder of our lives,” the household said successful a statement. “Since this incident, our lad has been nether infirmary attraction and receiving the attraction helium needs.”

“Our bosom goes retired to our son’s teacher and we commune for her healing successful the aftermath of specified an unimaginable calamity arsenic she selflessly served our lad and the children successful the school,” they added.

“She has worked diligently and compassionately to enactment our household arsenic we sought the champion acquisition and learning situation for our son. We convey her for her courage, grace and sacrifice.”