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6th Grade Girl’s School Shooting Stopped By Brave Teacher After 3 Were Shot

Rigby, ID – Students at Rigby Middle School said that at first they thought their principal had gotten more creative by adding terrifying sounds to a lockdown drill on Thursday after a 6th Grade girl opened fire on her classmates and school staff.

Jefferson County Sheriff Steve Anderson said the girl took a handgun out of her backpack at about 9:15 a.m. on May 6 and opened fire in the middle school’s hallway, the Citizen Times reported.

The girl shot two people inside the school building before she went outside and shot one more person.

A female teacher disarmed the shooter and held her until police arrived, the Associate Press reported.

“She retrieved a handgun from her backpack and fired multiple rounds inside of the school and out,” Sheriff Anderson said. “During the shooting, a teacher disarmed the student and detained her until law enforcement took her into custody. We don’t have a lot of details right now and are following all leads.”

Two students and the school’s elderly, longtime custodian, Jim Wilson, were shot but their wounds were not considered life-threatening, East Idaho News reported.

Parents have identified the hero teacher as Krista Gneiting.

The community is also heralding Wilson, who put himself between the shooter and another student and was shot, KIFI reported.

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded quickly to the school with 1,500 sixth-through-eighth graders and the student was taken into custody.

Dr. Michael Lemon, the trauma medical director at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, said it was an “absolute blessing” that the victims weren’t more seriously injured, the East Idaho News reported.

Lemon told reporters that one student was shot in an extremity and may require surgery and a second student was shot twice in two different limbs.

He said Wilson’s gunshot was a “through and through extremity” injury, the East Idaho News reported.

The hero custodian was released from the hospital late on Thursday.

Sheriff Anderson did not identify the shooter because she is a juvenile but said the child is from Idaho Falls, the Associated Press reported.

After the shooting, law enforcement searched the school and evacuated the classrooms one by one.

“Me and my classmate were just in class with our teacher — we were doing work — and then all of a sudden, here was a loud noise and then there were two more loud noises. Then there was screaming,” 12-year-old Yandel Rodriguez told KIFI. “Our teacher went to check it out, and he found blood.”

Students said they initially thought the lockdown was a drill, the Citizen Press reported.

“We didn’t think anything of it at first, until we heard footsteps in the hallway and then we heard a police siren… and that’s when we started realizing it was real,” seventh grader Madison Jensen told KIFI. “I texted everyone I knew.”

Law enforcement is trying to determine the motive for the shooting and to figure out how the child got the gun, the Citizen Press reported.

“We don’t have a lot of details at this time of ‘why’ — that is being investigated,” Sheriff Anderson told reporters. “We’re following all leads.”

East Idaho News reported that their publication had received dozens of messages that said the girl had posted a threatening video to social media a few days ahead of the shooting.

Sheriff Anderson refused to comment on the video but confirmed that detectives were aware of it.

Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Taylor said the girl could be facing three charges of attempted murder, East Idaho News reported.

Taylor said his office would wait to make a determination on the charges until after the sheriff’s department had completed its investigation of the shootings.

All Jefferson County schools were closed on Friday and school counselors there and in neighboring counties have scrambled to set up resources for students struggling with trauma from the incident, KIFI reported.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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