Abby Zwerner, 25, was honored by Virginia lawmakers on Wednesday for what they called her valiant deeds, adding she deserved their “admiration for her courage and dedication to the safety of her students.” The recognition comes after the instructor was allegedly shot in January by a 6-year-old pupil.
Zwerner attended the honors ceremony with family members by his side.
Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears said to Zwerner, “Thank you for all that you do for our children, and the lives that you undoubtedly saved. Before, Steve Drew, the chief of police in Newport News, referred to Zwerner as a “hero” who “saved lives.”
Deja Taylor, the mother of a 6-year-old boy accused of shooting a first-grade teacher in Virginia in January, turned herself in to authorities on Thursday. For charges of child negligence and giving her toddler access to a gun, she may spend up to six years in jail.
According to the Newport News Sheriff’s office, she posted a $5,000 bond. According to the police, the boy’s mother bought the rifle legally. According to James Ellenson, her attorney, the weapon had a trigger lock and was kept locked up on the top shelf of her closet.
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Following the shooting, Zwerner’s attorneys filed a $40 million lawsuit against the Newport News Public School system, publicly accusing the authorities of ignoring several warnings about the youngster.
The claim in the case is that Taylor’s son had a “history of random violence, with which all defendants were familiar.” His parents “did not agree for him to be placed in special education classrooms” that dealt with kids with behavioral concerns, the lawsuit claims.
Zwerner accused Assistant Principal Ebony Parker, who has since left, in particular of doing nothing when she was repeatedly informed that the kid had a gun in the building.
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