New information is coming to light after reports revealed a 6-year-old student from Virginia brought a gun to class. Reports have revealed that the child removed the gun from his backpack, pointed it at his teacher, and fired one run at her.
Now, Virginia’s Newport News Police Chief has further revealed that despite just being shot at the 25-year-old teacher, identified as Abigail Zwerner managed to keep her cool and get all of her other children to safety.
New Information Revealed After 6-Year-Old Brought Gun to Class and Shot Teacher
In a statement shared by the police chief, an injured Zwerner “led her class outside, then turned around to make sure every child was out of danger before going into the school office to tell them to ‘call 911.’” It was after being assured that everyone would be okay that Zwerner collapsed, Katie Couric reported.
Police Chief Steve Drew reported that the bullet went through Zwerner’s hand and into her upper chest. Zwerner remains in the hospital, but she has since been upgraded from having life-threatening injuries to being labeled in stable condition.
Since regaining consciousness, the only thing Zwerner has been concerned about is the well-being of her students. According to David Riedman, the founder of the K-12 School Shooting Database, this is the 17th school shooting by someone under the age of 10.
As CNN reports, the firearm used in the shooting was legally purchased by the child’s mother. “There was no physical struggle or fight,” following the shooting Chief Drew revealed. However, the boy was found being restrained by a school staff member when police arrived at the scene.
The boy was described as combative before the police took over.
The child accused of shooting the teacher is currently under a temporary dentition order. He is being “evaluated at a local hospital.”
Drew went on to say that an investigation into how the 6-year-old was able to obtain the gun is still ongoing. He did not release any preliminary results of that ongoing investigation.
The Richneck Elementary school has closed down for the rest of the week in order to give students “time to heal,” CNN reports.
Newport News Mayor Phillip Jones described Abby as a hero and “faithful as a teacher.” “She ensured that everyone was accounted for and that she was the last one to leave.”
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