According to lawyer Diane Toscano, Zwerner was shot in the chest in her first-grade classroom. The shooting of the teacher has been part of an ongoing dismissal of violence in the school, teachers and parents complain. There have been three shootings there since late 2021.
The school board is set to vote on whether to fire the superintendent Wednesday during the meeting essentially. The superintendent was informed about the shooter having a gun at school ahead of the incident.
In fact, Zwerner contacted her family about an hour before being shot to say that she was worried about what the student might do and that administrators at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News weren’t doing anything.
Zwerner also wasn’t the only teacher who informed administrators and expressed concern. In one incident, the student threatened to light a teacher on fire and watch her die, the Post reported. Everyone was ignored.
The school’s solution has been to use metal detectors.
The parents have said that their son suffered from an “acute disability.”