Virginia teacher shot by student says she's staying 'positive' amid 'obstacles'

Richneck Elementary School in Newport News, Virginia.
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In her first interview since being shot by a 6-year-old student, Virginia teacher Abigail Zwerner said she is trying to "have a positive outlook on what's happened and where my future's heading," as she undergoes strenuous physical therapy that leaves her physically and mentally exhausted.

Police say on Jan. 6, a 6-year-old brought his mother's 9 mm handgun to Richneck Elementary School in Newport News and purposely shot Zwerner. She was hit in the upper chest and left hand, and spent almost two weeks in the hospital, undergoing multiple surgeries. Zwerner was able to safely get 20 students out of the classroom during the shooting.

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