Richmond — Legislators honored Richneck Elementary School teacher Abigail Zwerner at the General Assembly on Wednesday, passing a resolution that praised the 25-year old for her actions during a recent school shooting in Newport News.
“Thank you for all that you do for our children and for the lives you no doubt saved,” said Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears, as she presented Zwerner with a plaque on the Senate floor.
A 6-year old student shot Zwerner on Jan. 6 inside her classroom at Richneck Elementary School. The bullet went through her left hand and struck her in the upper chest and shoulder.
Senate Minority Leader Tommy Norment, a Williamsburg Republican who introduced Zwerner as his distinguished guest, said she acted heroically in the aftermath.
“Immediately after the shot, Abby escorted all 18 of her students to a position of safety out of the classroom and away from the shooter,” he said. “She has been praised all across this country.”
Zwerner is a York County resident and a graduate of James Madison University. She made no remarks as she was introduced Wednesday.
She recently filed a $40 million lawsuit against the Newport News School Board, alleging that administrators failed to protect her.
The General Assembly is reconvening Wednesday to discuss unfinished business. Lawmakers are expected to consider 78 bills amended by Governor Glenn Youngkin and three that he vetoed.
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