Sixth-grade girl shoots 3 at Idaho middle school; teacher disarms her

RIGBY, Idaho — Authorities in Rigby, Idaho, said a sixth-grade girl brought a gun to her middle school Thursday, wounding two students and a custodian before she was disarmed by a teacher.

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Update 6:38 p.m. EDT May 6: Jefferson County Sheriff Steve Anderson said at a news conference that the girl took a handgun from her backpack and fired several rounds inside and outside Rigby Middle School, The Associated Press reported.

Anderson said the three victims, who were shot in their extremities, are expected to recover from their injuries.

A female teacher disarmed the girl and held her until authorities arrived to take her into custody. Anderson said the girl resides in Idaho Falls but attends the school in Rigby, which is about 15 miles from her home.

“This is a very difficult and trying time for our community,” Anderson said at the news conference. “We don’t have a lot of details at this time of why. That is being investigated.

Original report: Multiple local news outlets said that three people have been injured and one person is in custody.

Police said the suspect was a male student, The Associated Press reported.

The AP and KIFI reported that the victims were two students and one adult.

None of the injuries were life-threatening.

BREAKING: Police and ambulances are on the scene of an incident at Rigby Middle School.

Posted by KIFI Local News 8 on Thursday, May 6, 2021

Students were taken to a nearby high school, the AP reported. Those not picked up by parents will be bused home.

“Today we had the worst nightmare a school district could encounter. We had a school shooting here at Rigby Middle School. What we know so far is the shooter has been apprehended. There is no further threat to students,” Jefferson School District Superintendent Chad Martin said, according to KIFI.

The sheriff’s department has met with parents, KMVT reported.

Check back for more on this developing story.