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No charges for 6-year-old who shot teacher in Virginia

The six-year-old boy who shot his teacher at Richneck Elementary School in Virginia will not face charges, according to Newport News Commonwealth’s Attorney Howard Gwynn. However, Gwynn emphasized that his office could bring charges against anyone else who may be responsible for the shooting.


The incident occurred in 2019, when the boy brought a gun to school and shot his teacher, Abigail Zwerner. Zwerner survived the shooting and managed to get her students to safety before being taken to the hospital. She has since been released but is still recovering from her injuries.

Following the shooting, the school superintendent and assistant principal were dismissed after reports emerged that they failed to take appropriate action when warned that the boy had a gun. Zwerner’s lawyer revealed that the boy had a history of behavioral issues that were ignored by the school administration.


The gun used in the shooting was registered to the boy’s mother, who claimed it was secured in their home. It remains unclear how the boy managed to obtain the gun or how he was able to hide it from school staff who searched his backpack.

The boy’s family has stated that he has an “acute disability” and is receiving treatment at a medical facility. Gwynn emphasized that his office’s objective is to analyze all the facts and bring charges against any person or persons believed to have committed a crime beyond a reasonable doubt.



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