Virginia Teacher Shot by 6-Year-Old Files $40 Million Lawsuit Against School Administrators

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Virginia teacher, Abigail Zwerner, who was shot by her 6-year-old student has filed a $40 million lawsuit against school officials, claiming that they failed to protect her after reporting multiple acts of violence from the student, reported Insider

Zwerner, who worked as a first-grade teacher at Richneck Elementary School in Virginia, filed a lawsuit against school administrators who she says ignored several warning signs before she was shot, a press release published by her lawyers said. 

“The child who shot Ms. Zwerner had a history of violence with both students and teachers,”

her attorney said in the press release. 

According to the Washington Post earlier this year, before the shooting, the child had written a note to Zwerner stating that he

“hated her and wanted to light her on fire and watch her die,”

which was reported to school administrators. Two days before the shooting, the student reportedly

“slammed Zwerner’s phone on the ground,”

causing the screen to break, he was suspended for one day the release also said. 

On the day of the shooting school officials were notified about the child carrying a gun in the building. They conducted multiple searches but did not retrieve the firearm. The same day, Zwerner was shot by the child in the middle of class, surviving a gunshot wound to the chest. 

“Essentially, this child was a ticking time bomb on school property and the administration chose to ignore the problem,”

one of Zwerner’s lawyers, Jeffrey Breit, said in the press release.

“Abigail Zwerner deserved more from the school system and now she will live with the results of their neglect for the rest of their life,”

he added. 

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