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Schools Superintendent Fired over Missed Warnings After 6-Year-Old Shoots Teacher

HeadlineJan 26, 2023

In Virginia, the Newport News School Board voted Wednesday to fire and replace the current schools superintendent, less than three weeks after a 6-year-old student shot his teacher at Richneck Elementary School. Twenty-five-year-old Abigail Zwerner faces a long road to recovery after the first-grader shot her in the abdomen as she sought to confiscate the weapon in her classroom on January 6. Zwerner’s lawyer said Wednesday school administrators repeatedly shrugged off warnings that the student was making threats and appeared to have a gun.

Diane Toscano: “On that day, over the course of a few hours, three different times — three times — school administration was warned by concerned teachers and employees that the boy had a gun on him at the school and was threatening people. But the administration could not be bothered.”

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