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The six-year-old student who allegedly shot teacher Abigail Zwerner, 25, allegedly bragged about it to another school official. “I shot that b**** dead,” he said, according to a search warrant that was recently unsealed.
The shooting took place on Jan. 6, 2023, at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News, Virginia, and Zwerner — who had reportedly been one of several staff members to warn administrators that they had concerns about this particular student — sustained gunshot wounds to her left hand and upper torso.
CBS News affiliate WTKR reported on the unsealed document, which revealed what the student allegedly said to reading specialist Amy Kovac — who assisted in restraining the boy until authorities arrived on the scene.
The student made several comments to Kovac after the shooting, according to the warrant, admitting that he had been the one to shoot the teacher. “‘I shot that b**** dead,’ ‘I did it’ and ‘I got my mom’s gun last night,'” he allegedly told her.
The student has not been charged pursuant to the shooting, but his mother, Deja Taylor, faces one felony charge of child neglect and one misdemeanor charge for leaving a firearm where a child could access it and cause harm. She has already pleaded guilty to a federal charge related to the use of marijuana while in possession of a firearm.
Zwerner has filed a $40 million lawsuit against the local school board, the superintendent of schools, and her school’s assistant principal — alleging that they all knew the child was potentially dangerous and did nothing about it when they had the chance.
“All Defendants knew that John Doe attacked students and teachers alike, and his motivation to injure was directed toward anyone in his path, both in and out of school,” the suit reads in part.
The lawsuit also claims that the boy had been placed on a modified schedule by the school due to previous behavior issues, such as threatening and cursing at teachers and “chasing students around the playground with a belt in an effort to whip them.”