The assistant principal resigns at the Virginia school where a student shot and killed teacher Abigail Zwerner

The deputy principal of the Virginia school where a 6-year-old shot his teacher has resigned amid allegations the administration failed to respond when warned three times about the armed student on the day of the shooting, the Post has learned .

dr Ebony Parker, the assistant principal at Richneck Elementary in Newport News, resigned, confirmed district spokeswoman Michelle Price. Parker could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

25-year-old first-grade teacher Abigail Zwerner was shot dead by her student on January 6. Three school employees had warned the administration in the hours leading up to the incident that the 6-year-old boy had been in possession of a gun, Zwerner’s attorney Diana Toscano said on Wednesday.

A school administrator is reported to have told a concerned teacher not to search the boy for the gun but to “wait out the situation because the school day was almost over,” Toscano said.

It is unconfirmed if Parker is the administrator who gave this advice or if she was warned about the student.

Abigail Zwerner
Abigail Zwerner, 25, was shot dead by her 6-year-old student.

dr  Ebony Parker
dr Ebony Parker, associate principal of Richneck Elementary in Newport News, resigned.

The boy “deliberately” shot Zwerner around 2 p.m. that day and the bullet went through her hand into her chest, police said.

Toscano said the 25-year-old teacher warned the school at 11:15 a.m. the boy had threatened to beat up one of his peers.

“Abby Zwerner was shot dead in front of these horrified children and the school and community are living the nightmare, all because the school administration didn’t act,” Toscano said, adding that district leaders “didn’t bother” to act.

A Newport News administrator, who asked not to be identified, told the Post it was clear that Richneck Elementary’s guidance “could not be met [Zwerner] sure,” but questioned the resignation.

Richneck Elementary School
Richneck Elementary School in Newport News, Virginia, where the shooting took place.

“As an administrator, our top priority is to ensure the safety of students and staff, any threat must be taken seriously,” the administrator said.

“However, the forced resignation of one of Richneck’s administrators does not resolve the failure of the district as a whole to put procedures in place to prevent this from happening again.”

The boy who shot Zwerner used a gun his mother legally bought, police said. It is unclear how he got hold of the gun. No one has been charged in the incident and the boy’s family said in a statement through the lawyer that he has an “acute disability”.

Police cars on school grounds
Police at the school after the January 6, 2023 shooting.

The Richneck shooting was the third incident of gun violence in the district in the past year and a half.

“Nothing has changed in response to these shootings, from additional training to the procurement of more safety equipment at the school level,” the unnamed administrator told The Post.

“I’m really tired of going to school stressed out and I hope this isn’t the day that something happens at my school.” The assistant principal resigns at the Virginia school where a student shot and killed teacher Abigail Zwerner


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