Sixth Grader Opens Fire at School in Idaho, Injures Three

A female sixth grade student opened fire at her middle school in Rigby, Idaho on May 6, injuring three people.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the girl from Idaho Falls allegedly removed a handgun from her backpack and opened fire in Rigby Middle School just after 9 a.m.

Sheriff Steve Anderson said at a press conference that the unnamed student shot three people — two students and one adult — before a teacher managed to disarm her and held her until the police arrived.

According to officials, the injured suffered non-life-threatening wounds. The two students will remain in the hospital overnight and may require surgery, while the adult was already treated and released from the hospital from the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Taylor said that the suspect is in custody and that his office “will be filing appropriate charges, possibly including three counts of attempted murder” once the investigation is completed.

Officials said they are still investigating the motive for the shooting.

Anderson also said that he did not know where the student obtained the gun.

“This is the worst nightmare a school system can face. We prepare for it, but we’re never truly ready for it,” Superintendent Chad Martin said.

Martin said there will be no classes on May 7 in response to the shooting, but there will be counselors at the local high school to offer support.

Idaho Governor Brad Little said on twitter that he was staying updated on the situation.


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