Math teacher Krista Turnblom Gneiting (pictured), who disarmed a sixth grade girl who opened fire at Rigby Middle School in Idaho on Thursday morning, has spoken out
An Idaho teacher who disarmed a sixth-grade girl after she shot and wounded two students and a janitor has thanked her community for its support.
The active shooting incident began at Rigby Middle School in Rigby, Idaho, around 9am on Thursday, when the shooter opened fire, causing teachers and students to flee for their lives.
Math teacher Krista Turnblom Gneiting, 45, managed to subdue the girl until police arrived until law enforcement arrived and took her into custody, and received praised for her heroic act.
Gneiting, a married mother of three, took to social media to express her gratitude.
‘My heart is touched by all the incredible outpouring of love I’ve received. Thank you,’ she wrote on a Life in Rigby Facebook page.
‘I don’t want money, I just appreciate the incredible support of Rigby!!! I love my students so much! It is why I teach!! They make my heart happy every every day!!!!
‘All of the staff at Rigby did their part and kept our wonderful children safe! Thank you! I love you all and we will get through this together.’
Gneiting took to social media to thank her community for its support (pictured) and said ‘we will get through this together’
Three people were shot – two students and one adult janitor – and taken to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in non-critical condition. Pictured: Police tape marks a line outside Rigby Middle School
Studentsfrom Rigby Middle School were seeing embracing following the school shooting
Authorities say they are currently investigating the motive for the attack and where the girl got the gun.
Jefferson County Sheriff Steve Anderson said during a press conference that the girl pulled a handgun from her backpack and fired multiple rounds inside and outside Rigby Middle School which is, about 95 miles southwest of Yellowstone National Park.
She managed to wound two students and janitor Jim Wilson but was soon subdued by Gneiting.
The three were shot in their extremities and were expected to survive, officials said at the conference.
Wilson was called ‘very loved Rigby Middle School custodian’ on a GoFundMe page set up to cover his medical expenses.
The janitor, identified as Jim Wilson (pictured), was treated and released from Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center on Thursday afternoon
He was reportedly treated and released from Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center on Thursday afternoon.
Dr Michael Lemon, the hospital’s trauma medical director said the bullet that injured him went cleanly through the limb, resulting in minimal damage.
The GoFundMe for Wilson has already exceeded its $10,000 goal with more than $10,000 collected by Friday afternoon.
One of the injured students was shot once in an extremity and may require surgery, according to Dr Michael Lemon, the hospital’s trauma medical director.
The other student was shot twice and hit in two limbs.
‘The fact the injuries are as insignificant as they are – they could be so much worse, so we feel absolutely blessed,’ Lemon said.
The female student has been taken into custody but a motive for the shooting, or how she got a handgun, remain unclear. Pictured: Students react after a school shooting at Rigby Middle School
Emotional parents and children were seen hugging as they were reunited at the nearby high school following the mass shooting
According to EastIdahoNews.com, the suspect was first incorrectly identified by law enforcement as being male.
She is from the nearby city of Idaho Falls, Anderson said, but her name has not yet been released.
The age and identity of both the suspect and the student victims have not been revealed.
DailyMail.com has reached out to the Sheriff’s Office for more information.
Yandel Rodriguez said he was in the middle of class during the shooting. PIctured: Alela Rodriguez walks with her son, Yandel, 12, at the high school on Thursday
Authorities say they’re investigating the motive for the attack on Thursday. A woman is pictured hugging a boy in the wake of Thursday’s shooting
Alicia Willis walks away with her son at Rigby Middle School following Thursday’s shooting
Police were called to the school around 9:15am after students and staffers heard gunfire.
Multiple law enforcement agencies responded, and students were evacuated to a nearby high school to be reunited with their parents.
Emotional mothers and fathers were seen hugging and embracing their children as they were reunited.
Any students not collected would be sent home by bus, the district said.
Police stand with a youth outside Rigby Middle School following the shooting on Thursday
A sixth-grade girl brought a gun to school, shot and wounded two students and a janitor
A victim appears to be taken into an ambulance following Thursday’s shooting
‘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 said.
‘Our teacher went to check it out, and he found blood.’
Yandel’s mom, Adela Rodriguez, said they were OK but ‘still a little shaky’ from the shooting as they left the campus.
‘Today we had the worst nightmare a school district could encounter,’ Jefferson School District Superintendent Chad Martin said on Thursday
Martin said schools would be closed district-wide to give students time to be with families, but that counselors would be available starting Friday morning.
Rigby Middle School has about 1,500 students in sixth through eighth grades, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
‘I am praying for the lives and safety of those involved in today’s tragic events,’ Idaho Gov Brad Little said in a prepared statement. ‘
Thank you to our law enforcement agencies and school leaders for their efforts in responding to the incident.’
Jefferson County Sheriff Steve Anderson said the shooter is from Idaho Falls, but did not reveal any other details about her
Idaho Governor Brad Little said he was ‘praying’ for all those involved in the wake of Thursday’s shooting at Rigby Middle School
Police tape surrounded the middle school, and small evidence markers were placed next to spots of blood on the ground. Investigators interviewed faculty and staffers individually.
Lucy Long, a sixth-grader at Rigby Middle School, told the Post Register that her classroom went into lockdown after they heard gunshots, with lights and computers turned off and students lined up against the wall.
Lucy comforted her friends and began recording on her phone, so police would know what happened if the shooter came in.
The audio contained mostly whispers, with one sentence audible: ‘It’s real,’ one student said.
Lucy said she saw blood on the hallway floor when police escorted them out of the classroom.
Prosecutor Mark Taylor told Local News 8 that the shooter could be charged with three counts of attempted murder, depending on the results of the investigation.
The attack appears to be Idaho’s second school shooting. In 1999, a student at a high school in Notus fired a shotgun several times.
No one was struck by the gunfire, but one student was injured by ricocheting debris from the first shell.
In 1989, a student at Rigby Junior High pulled a gun, threatened a teacher and students, and took a 14-year-old girl hostage, according to Deseret News.
Police safely rescued the hostage from a nearby church about an hour later and took the teen into custody. No one was shot in that incident.
Jefferson County Sheriff Steve Anderson also did not release the names or ages of any of the juvenile victims
Thursday’s incident marks the latest in a string of mass shootings across America in recent months.
Back on March 16, Robert Aaron Long, 21, is accused of killing eight people – six of them Asian women – in a series of attacks at three Atlanta spas.
The following week, gunman Ahmad Alissa then allegedly shot dead ten people including a police officer, in a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado.
Biden Executive Actions on Guns
- Crackdown on ‘ghost guns,’ which are built from kits
- Tighten requirements on pistol braces that allow for more accurate shooting
- Department of Justice will publish ‘red flag’ legislation for the states
- Investment in evidence-based community violence interventions
- DoJ will issue an annual report on gun trafficking
The next day, a shooting at a Southern California office building left four people dead, including a child.
Eight people were shot and killed at the FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis earlier this month.
According to EdWeek, there have been six school shootings in 2021 prior to Thursday’s attack.
In total, these incidents left two school employees and one student dead.
Since 2018, there have been 65 shootings in schools across the country.
One of the deadliest school shootings in American history was the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in 2012.
Gunman Adam Lanza entered the school in Newtown, Connecticut, shooting 27 dead inside and injuring many more.
In light of this year’s spate in gun violence, Joe Biden has unveiled a series of executive actions designed to curb gun violence following the string of shootings.
The six actions include: a crackdown on the proliferation of ‘ghost guns,’ which are built from kits; tighten requirements on pistol braces that allow for more accurate shooting; the Department of Justice will publish ‘red flag’ legislation for the states; invest in evidence-based community violence interventions; and DoJ will issue an annual report on gun trafficking.
Biden said mass shootings are a ‘public health crisis’ and argued he was not trying to impinge on the Second Amendment – a claim gun rights groups and Republicans have made against the introduction gun control laws.