Teacher Shot by Student, 6, Released From Hospital, Continuing To Recover

The student's parents released a statement for the first time since the shooting occurred nearly two weeks ago.

Photo Credit: Abby Zwerner via Facebook
Photo Credit: Abby Zwerner via Facebook

The family of the 6-year-old child who allegedly shot his first-grade teacher at a Virginia elementary school has released a statement.

“Our heart goes out to our son’s teacher and we pray for her healing in the aftermath of such an unimaginable tragedy as she selflessly served our son and the children in the school,” the statement, which comes two weeks after the incident occurred on January 6, said.

The statement came out on January 19, the same day teacher Abby Zwerner was released from the hospital. After the gun was fired, the bullet went through Zwerner's hand and into her chest.

“Our son suffers from an acute disability and was under a care plan at the school that included his mother or father attending school with him and accompanying him to class every day,’ the statement continued. “The week of the shooting was the first week when we were not in class with him. We will regret our absence on this day for the rest of our lives.”

Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew said that the child’s mother could face charges after the investigation is concluded. In Virginia, it is a misdemeanor for an adult to have a loaded, unsecured gun in a way that would endanger the life of a child under 14 years old. It is also illegal to unknowingly allow a child under 12 years old to use a firearm.