Staff at James Madison University confirm the teacher shot in the chest by a 6-year-old student this week is an alumna of the university.
The university posted a statement from President Jonathan Alger to social media accounts, identifying the teacher as Abby Zwerner.
“All of us at James Madison University are deeply saddened by the reported tragic shooting of JMU alumna Abby Zwerner. We offer prayers and best wishes for Abby’s health and recovery and want to do all we can to support Abby, her family and friends, fellow teachers and current students and their families at this incredibly difficult time. JMU is prepared to support those impacted by this incident now and in the weeks to come.”Jonathan R. Alger, President of James Madison University
Newport News police say Zwerner is still hospitalized, but stable.
The police chief in Newport News met with the teacher and her family and urged the community to keep Zwerner in their thoughts and prayers.