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Teacher shot by 6-year-old known as devoted to students

Shooting scene at Richneck Elem. School
Richneck Elem. School shooting scene
Shooting at Richneck Elementary School
Newport News school shooting
Newport News school shooting
Richneck Elem. shooting scene
Posted at 3:22 PM, Jan 08, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-08 15:22:50-05

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia teacher who authorities say was shot by a 6-year-old student is known as a hard-working educator who's devoted to her students and enthusiastic about the profession that runs in her family.

John Eley III, a former member of the Newport News School board, identified the first-grade teacher as Abby Zwerner.

The 25-year-old Zwerner was shot Friday at Richneck Elementary School.

She was critically wounded but has improved and was listed in stable condition at a local hospital.

Eley says Zwerner is from a family of educators and was praised by fellow teachers and others as "an all-around good teacher."