Krista Gneiting, the teacher who disarmed the Rigby shooter, is speaking out about the tragic shooting. Overwhelming support for her act of bravery poured in after Gneiting stopped a sixth-grade girl from continuing her rampage at Rigby Middle School.
Gneiting confronted the Rigby student, who had opened fire on her peers, injuring two students and a custodian. The student was apprehended outside of the middle school. But faculty and parents feel that Gneiting saved the day, having disarmed and restrained the student until authorities arrived.
“My heart is touched by all the incredible outpouring of love I’ve received,” Krista Gneiting wrote in the Facebook group ‘Life In Rigby.’ “Thank you. 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!!!!”
Her heroic actions saved countless lives, and hundreds of people have already commented on her post expressing their gratitude. “All of the staff at Rigby did their part and kept our wonderful children safe!” Gneiting explained. “Thank you! I love you all and we will get through this together.”
Krista Gneiting is a middle school teacher in Rigby Idaho, a small town near Yellowstone National Park. The middle school has about 1,500 students enrolled who were quickly evacuated a little after 9 a.m. Thursday when the shooting began.
The two children who were injured, along with Jim Wilson, the school’s custodian, are expected to make a full recovery. The bullets hit limbs, rather than fundamental organs, though one of the children is expected to get surgery for her wound. “The fact the injuries are as insignificant as they are — they could be so much worse, so we feel absolutely blessed,” Dr. Michael Lemon of Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center said.
The sixth-grade girl who opened fire, beginning in the hallway before heading outside, could be charged with three counts of attempted murder. Prosecuting Attorney Mark Taylor explained that the decision will be made after authorities complete the investigation. The girl’s motive is still unknown, and police are looking into how she got access to the firearm.
The school district was closed for classes Friday under the Superintendent’s orders. Students and staff are shaken by the tragic events and are urged to seek counseling, which the district has made available.
Many of the Rigby Middle School students believed the shooting was just an elaborate drill. So they were stunned to discover that it was real. “This is the worst nightmare a school district could ever face,” the Jefferson School District Superintendent, Chad Martin said Thursday. “We prepare for it, but you’re never truly prepared.”
Governor Brad Little spoke on the matter, Thursday. “I am praying for the lives and safety of those involved in today’s tragic events,” he said. “Thank you to our law enforcement agencies and school leaders for their efforts in responding to the incident.”