The Virginia school administrators are accused of ignoring warnings about the 6-year-old student who subsequently shot a teacher, including the fact that he had previously stated a wish to light the teacher on fire and watch her burn, according to The Washington Post.
According to authorities, Abigail Zwerner, a first-grade instructor at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News, was shot earlier this month.
The authorities, who have made no more statements, claim that the gunshot was “intentional” and “not accidental.”
The Post was able to obtain a message from a Richneck teacher through the local teachers union that contained unsettling details regarding the boy’s allegedly wrongdoings.
The child allegedly wrote Zwerner a note expressing his hatred for her and his wish to light her on fire and watch her burn to death, according to the newspaper. The story goes that after reporting the memo to Richneck management, Zwerner was told to change the subject.
The boy allegedly threw furniture and other items around the classroom at one point, leading the other children to hide under their desks.
The child is also accused of blocking a teacher and pupils from leaving a classroom by barricading the doors on another occasion, according to the complaint.
The boy’s family claimed that he had “an acute disability,” and although his father normally went to school with him, this did not happen the week before the shooting.
In her declaration, the teacher alleged that the school was denying the child of the necessary educational services.
The instructor made the decision to withhold her identity from the public or the Post because of fear of reprisals.
After the event, communications between Newport News Superintendent George Parker III and school personnel are reported to have been obtained by the publication, in which Zwerner is said to have requested for help in handling the young student.
Zwerner “asked for help,” according to a staff member, and a school official concurred that she had done so “several times.”
Other school officials claimed that she had requested help “all year” and “two hours prior.”
Regarding Zwerner’s requests for assistance, there is no more information in the communications.
Since the incident, more details have come to light that would suggest school officials did not effectively handle worries about the student.
The boy may have brought a pistol to school, according to Superintendent Parker, who claimed that a school administrator was alerted of this information hours before the teacher was shot. Staff members at the school reportedly looked through the boy’s backpack, but they did not find the boy’s mother’s 9mm semi-automatic firearm.
After the gunshot, Zwerner was taken to the hospital, where, according to The Washington Post, her condition became better and she was no longer in danger of losing her life. Sources claim that Zwerner’s hand is where the bullet penetrated her upper chest.
Richneck Elementary School did not immediately respond to an Insider’s request for comment.
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