Teacher shot by 6-year-old was trying to confiscate gun, parent reveals

Teacher shot by 6-year-old was trying to confiscate gun, parent reveals


The first-grade teacher in Virginia who was shot by her 6-year-old student was about to confiscate the gun when the child pulled the trigger.

“She was going to confiscate it — and that’s when he shot,” Brittaney Gregory, whose son was in the class, told the Washington Post.

Abby Zwerner, 25, was shot about 2 p.m. Friday at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News, Va. She was listed in serious but stable condition at Riverside Regional Medical Center, the paper reported.

The teacher has been hailed as a hero for warning the other kids to flee when the shooting erupted.

The 6-year-old has been taken into custody after the shocking incident, which Police Chief Steve Drew said resulted from a fight and was “not an accidental shooting.”

It was unclear what sparked the fight or how the boy managed to get hold of the weapon.


Gregory said that when the teacher told the children to run, they fled to another teacher’s classroom and remained under lockdown.

The mom described Zwerner as her son’s favorite teacher, who would leave notes in his backpack.

“I hope you had a great day,” Gregory said the teacher wrote in one. “I want you to know your smile is contagious,” another said, according to the parent. 


Gregory said her son is “still in shock” and has nightmares from the shooting.

“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 got to get out of here,” she told the paper, adding that she plans to take her son to a therapist.

Gregory said she found out about the shooting when a neighbor asked her if she saw a report on TV.

“What school?” she said she asked. “‘Your son’s school. They said it was the first grade,’” the neighbor told her, she said.

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