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Former principal at Virginia school where boy shot his first-grade teacher was not told the child had a gun, her attorney says

The former principal at the Virginia elementary school where a 6-year-old student shot his first-grade teacher last month was not warned that the child may have had a gun on campus that day, his lawyer said Thursday.

No other administrators told Briana Foster Newton, the former principal at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News, about warnings the child may have taken a gun on campus, Pamela J. Branch, her attorney, said at a brief news conference Thursday.

“It continues to be reported that unidentified school administrators were aware that the 6-year-old student had a gun at school on Jan. 6 and simply failed to act. Mrs. Newton has been assumed to be one of those administrators. However, that is far from the truth,” Branch said. “The fact of the matter is that those who were aware that the student may have had a gun on the premises that day did not report this to Mrs. Newton at all.”

Branch continued, “I repeat: Mrs. Newton was unfortunately not one of the administrators who was informed by those in the school that day who had this critical information.”

The branch took only a few questions from reporters Thursday citing an investigation and the possibility of future litigation. She added the students had only recently returned to the school and are trying to regain normalcy.

‘They failed to act, and Abby was shot’

The teacher, Abigail Zwerner, 25, was wounded in a hand and her chest after the student shot her in front of a classroom of about 20 students, officials have said.

Zwerner survived and is recovering.

On Jan. 25, Zwerner’s attorney, Diane Toscano, made a series of allegations that the administration at Richneck ignored multiple warnings that could have prevented the shooting.

Three teachers went to the school administration on the

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