Teacher who was shot by her 6-year-old student 'texted a loved one an HOUR ... trends now

Teacher who was shot by her 6-year-old student 'texted a loved one an HOUR ... trends now
Teacher who was shot by her 6-year-old student 'texted a loved one an HOUR ... trends now

Teacher who was shot by her 6-year-old student 'texted a loved one an HOUR ... trends now

A Virginia teacher who was shot by a disabled six-year-old pupil texted a loved one an hour before she was wounded to say the boy was armed and school officials were failing to act, a source has revealed.

Abbey Zwerner, 25, had just finished reading a story when the child pulled out the handgun and shot her in the chest at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News on January 6.

A source close to the investigation told NBC that Zwerner had texted a loved one showing she was 'frustrated because she was trying to get help with this child, for this child, and then when she needed help, no one was coming.'

Zwerner's lawyer Diane Toscano held a bombshell press conference Wednesday announcing a lawsuit, alleging that the school administration was told three times by staff members that the boy had a gun on him that day.

Another teacher had also warned that the six-year-old held left a boy sobbing after showing him the gun - and threatened to shoot him if he told anyone.

Abbey Zwerner, 25, had just finished reading a story when the child pulled out the handgun and shot her in the chest at at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News on January 6

Abbey Zwerner, 25, had just finished reading a story when the child pulled out the handgun and shot her in the chest at at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News on January 6  

Police vehicles are seen parked outside Richneck Elementary School in Newport News on January 6

Police vehicles are seen parked outside Richneck Elementary School in Newport News on January 6

Crowds of concerned parents gathered outside the school following the shooting

Crowds of concerned parents gathered outside the school following the shooting 

At around 12.30pm, a teacher had told the administration that she searched the boy's backpack and told them she believed the child had concealed the gun in his pocket.

Administrators are alleged to have responded, 'Well he has little pockets'.

A fourth teacher asked if he could search the child's backpack and he was denied, Toscano told the press conference.

Zwerner also went to school authorities earlier that day to report the six-year-old had threatened to beat up another student. 

Toscano announced that her client, who still has the 9mm bullet from the shooting lodged inside her body, is suing Newport News Public Schools.

When asked about Zwerner's text to her loved one prior to the shooting, Newport News Public Schools spokeswoman Michelle Price told NBC that any claims were being 'thoroughly investigated.'

Price said: 'Anything that has been reported to our school leadership team in regards to concerns at Richneck from teachers and staff members is part of the investigation. It's being thoroughly investigated.' 

The family of the child - who has not been identified - last week put out a statement claiming the firearm used had been 'secured' and that one of his parents usually accompanied him in class but did not the week the shooting occurred.

The family's statement was released by an attorney and did not elaborate further on where the 9mm handgun was kept. The family was not identified.

'Our family has always been committed to responsible gun ownership and keeping firearms out of the reach of children,' the statement said. 'The firearm our son accessed was secured.'

The family also said that the boy 'suffers from an acute disability and was under a care plan at the school that included his mother or father attending school with him and accompanying him to class every day.'

The family said the week of the shooting 'was the first week when we were not in class with him. We will regret our absence on this day for the rest of our lives.'

The statement was the first from the family since the shooting and was released through the office of Newport News-based attorney James S. Ellenson.

The teacher has been hailed a hero in the local community

The teacher has been hailed a hero in the local community 

Police said earlier that the six-year-old's mother legally purchased the gun but that it was unclear how her son gained access to it.

A Virginia law prohibits leaving a loaded gun where it is accessible to a child under 14, a misdemeanor crime punishable with a maximum one-year prison sentence and $2,500 fine.

Last Thursday, a spokesperson for Riverside Regional Medical Center said that Zwerner had been released from the hospital earlier this week. 

The statement read: '(Zwerner) continues her recovery as an outpatient with the support of family, friends, and health professionals. The Zwerner family respectfully asks for privacy during this time.'

In the wake of the statement from the family of the six-year-old, a former psychologist with Newport News Public Schools told read more from dailymail.....

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