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NEWPORT NEWS, VIRGINIA – A parent  Brittaney Gregory has now spoken out after a six-year-old student shot a first-grade teacher at Richneck Elementary School on January 6.

Brittaney Gregory, whose son also attends the same school and was in class when the unfortunate incident reportedly occurred, said the victim, Abigail “Abby” Zwerner, was about to take the girl’s gun when she shot him.


The 25-year-old is said to be in critical but stable condition at a hospital after the episode. It was reported that Zwerner had just completed her session with the students when the boy shot him.

Gregory told The Washington Post, “she was going to confiscate it, and that’s when she fired the shot,” also noting that the teacher was a favorite of her students.

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Brittaney Gregory A parent has now spoken out after a six-year-old student shot

The mother reportedly shared: “She is such a sweet lady. She is very attentive to children ”. She also said that Zwerner used to give sweet notes to her students. In addition, Gregory’s son had also received some notes saying, “I hope you had a great day” and “I want you to know that your smile is contagious.”

In addition, Gregory mentioned that the shooting affected her son mentally. She told the publication: “He normally sleeps in his own room, but the night of the shooting he came into my room. He was talking in his sleep, saying we have to get out of here,” before commenting on the student than Zwerner. She added: “It’s very devastating. It’s sad that such a young child has so much anger.”

had previously said that even after being injured, the victim was worried about the children. He reportedly said: “She yelled at her children to run away. Even after she was shot, she was thinking about the safety of her children.”


González-Hernández also added: “My son did not see what happened, he heard the shot and turned around to see Miss Zwerner on the floor. She is an amazing teacher, very dedicated. My son absolutely loves her, and we are devastated by what happened. We are all thinking of her and hope she gets better soon.”

The Virginia teacher who authorities say was shot by a 6-year-old student is known as a hard-working educator who’s devoted to her students and enthusiastic about the profession that runs in her family, according to fellow teachers and city officials.

John Eley III, a former member of the Newport News School Board, identified the first-grade teacher as Abby Zwerner, 25. Zwerner was shot Friday at Richneck Elementary School, authorities said.


Shortly after the shooting, police said Zwerner had life-threatening injuries, but was listed in stable condition, according to a statement issued Saturday by George Parker III, the Newport News Schools superintendent.

Eley and other city officials met with teachers and the principal at the school Friday and later went to the hospital, where they met with members of Zwerner’s family, including several aunts who also are teachers.

“The family was all educators and said she was excited about doing the job,” said Eley, who was recently elected to the Newport News City Council.


“The custodians and other teachers spoke about how she’s a good teammate, she’s a team player, she loves her children, she’s just an all-around good teacher.”

Cindy Hurst said her granddaughter, 8, is still rattled by the shooting. She was in Zwerner’s class last year, and told her grandmother she is a great teacher.

“I just hate that this happened,” Hurst told The Virginian-Pilot. “But life as we know it may not ever be the same – I don’t know.”


At a rally Sunday of supporters of measures to curb gun violence, Lawonda Sample-Rusk, a grandparent of two children at the school, told CBS Norfolk, Va. affiliate WTKR-TV she was at the school the day of the shooting and jumped into action when Zwerner was shot.

“She said I’m shot, I’m shot. Call 911,” said Rusk said. “We only thought it was somewhere on her hand, but after looking further she passed out on the floor, and then after looking further it was another gunshot wound.”

Rusk said while she didn’t perform CPR, she did apply pressure to Zwerner’s wounds. This all happened in the school office before first responders were able to get to Zwerner.


“I didn’t know what to do, I’m not a medic. I didn’t know what to do. Just instinct,” said Rusk.

Zwerner attended James Madison University, graduating in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies and minors in Elementary Education and Music. She graduated from JMU’s College of Education in 2020 with a master’s degree in Education.

JMU President Jonathan Alger offered a message of support for Zwerner, her family, friends and fellow teachers, students and their families.


“JMU is prepared to support those impacted by this incident now and in the weeks to come,” Alger tweeted Saturday.

Police Chief Steve Drew said the boy shot and wounded the teacher with a handgun in a first-grade classroom. He was later taken into police custody. Drew said the shooting was not accidental and was part of an altercation. No students were injured.

Police have declined to describe what led to the altercation or any other details about what happened in the classroom, citing the ongoing investigation. They have also declined to say how the boy got access to the gun or who owns the weapon.


One parent of a child in the school reacted angrily when interviewed by WTKR, saying, “You’ve got a beautiful country. You’ve got beautiful people. But what’s the problem? Guns. How does a seven-year-old have a gun? That’s what (angers me). I’m only here because my husband’s in the military. Otherwise, I would not have chosen to come to this country.”

Virginia law doesn’t allow 6-year-olds to be tried as adults. In addition, a 6-year-old is too young to be committed to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice if found guilty.

A juvenile judge would have authority, though, to revoke a parent’s custody and place a child under the purview of the Department of Social Services.


“It’s really shocking. You just don’t see this happen in the legal system where you’ve got someone so young intentionally using a firearm against another person,” said Todd Stone, a legal analyst for CBS Richmond, Va. affiliate WTVR, said the child’s parents could be charged but the worst charge they could face would be a misdemeanor.

“The parents could be charged with a misdemeanor, which would be the maximum of 12 months in jail, and realistically, it’s very fact-dependent,” Stone said.

Mayor Phillip Jones wouldn’t say where the boy is being held.


“We are ensuring he has all the services that he currently needs right now,” Jones said Saturday.

Meanwhile, Andrew Block, an associate professor at the University of Virginia School of Law and former director of the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice, said the chances of the child shooter facing legal action are very low.

He reportedly said: “In practice, it would be almost impossible to prosecute a 6-year-old, no matter how serious. The biggest barrier, assuming the prosecution can overcome that, is that all defendants must be competent to stand trial.”


“That means you must understand the nature of the legal proceedings against him and assist in his own defense. There is no way a 6-year-old would meet that criteria,” he added.

Block also noted that “the juvenile justice system wouldn’t be equipped to handle such a young child,” before adding, “there’s a lot more we don’t know than we do. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be the teacher or the teacher’s family; It’s horrible in every direction.Read more…..

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