Former Assistant Principal Faces Charges Over Teacher Shot by 6-Year-Old


At last some sanity is prevailing in the case of Abigail Zwerner, the Richneck Elementary School teacher who was shot by one of her 6-year-old students in January of 2023. Zwerner sued the school district and pointed out that administrators at the school were warned multiple times that a student with a prior history of violence had brought a gun to school, but did nothing about it. The district responded by arguing Zwerner’s injuries were covered by Workers’ Compensation, essentially arguing that getting shot by a student was just part of the job these days.

Deja Taylor, the mother of the 6-year-old shooter, pleaded guilty to lying on a form when she bought the gun used in the shooting and was given a 21-month federal sentence on top of a two-year state sentence. That was well-earned but still the administrators who ignored the danger that day seemed to have escaped any consequences.

But yesterday a grand jury in Virginia announced the former assistant principal who received the warnings would be charged with multiple counts of child abuse.

The former assistant principal of a Virginia elementary school where a 6-year-old student shot his teacher last year has been indicted on child abuse charges, court records show.

Ebony Parker faces eight counts related to the day of the shooting, according to the online docket, each of which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. A warrant has been issued for her arrest, the docket shows.

Court records filed in Newport News Circuit Court were unsealed Tuesday, about a month after a grand jury filed the charges.
As mentioned, Zwerner’s lawsuit claims Assistant Principal Ebony Parker received three separate warnings that the student in question had brought a gun to school that day.