The Virginia teacher who was shot dead by her 6-year-old student texted a loved one before the incident to express her frustration with administrators – who had apparently been warned three times that the young boy had a gun fire.
Citing a source familiar with the situation, NBC News reported that Newport News first-grade teacher Abigail Zwerner sent the text an hour before she was shot on Jan. 6, saying the child had a gun in his backpack.
“She was frustrated because she was trying to get help with this child, for this child, and then when she needed help, no one came,” the source said.
News of the chilling text came as Zwerner’s attorney announced the 25-year-old teacher would sue the school district.
Zwerner’s attorney alleges that administrators at Richneck Elementary School failed to act, causing harm to his client.
“That day, within a few hours, three different times – three times – the school administration was tipped off by concerned teachers and employees that the boy had a gun on him at school and was threatening people. “said attorney Diane Toscano. at a press conference on Wednesday. “But the administration couldn’t be bothered.”
Toscano said a teacher told administrators at 12:30 p.m. on the day of the shooting that she had searched the boy’s backpack for the gun, but believed it was in his pocket. Shortly after, another teacher alerted administrators to the boy after a student said the 6-year-old showed him the gun and threatened to shoot him.
Surprisingly, another employee asked if she could search the boy – but was dismissed by administrators who told her “to wait until the situation is over as the school day was almost over”, Toscano said.
The boy “intentionally” shot Zwerner in the hand around 2 p.m. that day, and the bullet passed through his hand in his chest, police said. His lawyer said the 25-year-old teacher warned the school at 11.15am that the boy was threatening to beat up one of his classmates.
Police said no one from the school tipped them off to the gun before the shooting.
The boy’s mother, who has not been identified, purchased the weapon legally, police noted, but it remains unclear how the child gained access to it. The mother has not been charged with a crime.
In a statement through their lawyer, the family said their son had an “acute disability”.