Mass Shooting Survivor Abigail Kopf to Start High School
She says she's excited to be back at school with friends this fall
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 28, 2017 4:59 PM CDT
Abigail Kopf, who was shot in the head during a mass shooting in Michigan in 2016, will start high school this fall.   (Courtesy of Vicki Kopf via AP, File)

(Newser) – The youngest survivor of an Uber driver's alleged shooting rampage in Kalamazoo, Michigan, last year will start high school with her classmates this fall, the AP reports. Abigail Kopf, 15, underwent testing Thursday so educators at Michigan's Harper Creek Community Schools could figure out where the teen stands academically, according to WOOD. "I can't guarantee that she's going to be doing ninth-grade work. But we're not going to set her back," said Vickie Kopf, Abigail's mother. "She doesn't deserve that, especially with what happened to her." Abigail was in seventh grade when Uber driver Jason Dalton allegedly shot her and seven others in February 2016. She and another woman were the only ones to survive serious injuries.

Part of Abigail's skull has been replaced with a plate because of damage from a gunshot wound. "So we're going to start her out in ninth grade, and she might do some seventh-grade work in some classes," Vickie Kopf said. "She might be up into the ninth-grade level in some and she might not be. We don't know till they're done with the testing to see where she's going to base at." The results from Abigail's testing won't be released for some time. The teen said that while she's not looking forward to class work, she is excited to go back to school to be with her friends. Dalton has been charged with murder and attempted murder. He is scheduled to go on trial in June.

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