The 6-year-old boy’s family claimed that their son had a “acute handicap” and that the gun he used to shoot the instructor was “secured.” The boy shot and injured his teacher earlier this month.
The family expressed condolences for the instructor in a statement provided by their attorney, marking the first public remarks made following the January incident that horrified Newport News, Virginia.
The statement said, “Our heart goes out to the teacher who selflessly served our son and the students at the school. We pray for her healing in the aftermath of such an awful loss.” She has worked hard and with compassion to help our family while we looked for our son’s best education and learning environment.
Abigail Zwerner, a 25-year-old first-grade instructor at Richneck Elementary School, had previously been named. The Riverside Regional Medical Center posted a statement on Thursday afternoon stating that she was discharged earlier this week. The statement read, “She continues her recovery as an outpatient with the help of family, friends, and healthcare experts.”
The family claimed that “responsible gun ownership and keeping guns out of children’s reach” had always been important to them. The statement added, “The firearm our son accessed was secured.
The child’s access to the 9mm handgun that he used to shoot his instructor in the chest that day in class is still a mystery. According to police, the shooting was “deliberate,” and the mother of the child had lawfully acquired the gun that was used. According to the family, they have been working with state and local law enforcement to determine how the tragedy happened.
The statement added that the youngster was enrolled in a “care plan” at the school, which required one of the parents to be present in his class every day. The week of the shooting was the first time they had missed their son’s class, according to the statement.
The statement read, “We will regret our absence on this day for the rest of our lives.”
The “acute infirmity” was not further described by the family.
According to the statement, the child has been receiving care at a hospital since since the shooting. The family continued by expressing gratitude to all who have helped them during this “tough period,” as well as to their son’s medical team.
We will keep praying for his teacher’s full recovery as well as for her surely distressed and worried loved ones. We also ask that you remember our son and our family in your prayers because we adore him.
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