The shocking news has just come to light that a sixth-grade girl shot 3 people at her Idaho middle school yesterday.
Both students and law enforcement have since spoken out about the terrifying incident...
People from all around the world have been left deeply shocked over not only yet another school shooting...
But also the fact that the shooter was just a child.
Here's what we know about the shocking shooting...
Is this the first (female) at a school since the one in the 70’s? Ugggg need this all to end. #StoreYourFkingFirearms— Tiffany Shepis-Tretta (@TiffanyShepis) May 7, 2021
There was a school shooting in Idaho today and it barely registered as news. We must not allow ourselves to grow numb to the horrors of gun violence.— Andrew Weinstein (@Weinsteinlaw) May 6, 2021
Probably took the gun out of her home.— Kevin D (@freekev22) May 7, 2021
Why does a 6th grader know where the parents keep the guns?
Reckless parents need to be charged as well...
Another tragedy killing our children daily. Start locking up parents whose neglect allowed this to happen. A middle schooler? When will this madness end?— Elizabeth F.💛 (@underthesea62) May 7, 2021
The suburbs and rural areas need metal detectors because it’s clear Americans are too selfish to protect our own kids. Christ on the cross what a travesty.— Hillary Notar (@RGeorgeism) May 7, 2021
6th grade. I am so sad about the whole thing. Why does a 6th grader feel this anger?— amy (@amymac1008) May 7, 2021
HOLD PARENTS ACCOUNTABLE!!!!!!!!— MariJay (@Mary_Jane_One) May 6, 2021
1. The teacher was able to disarm the student, who was armed with an actual weapon, without killing the kid. Amazing.— Randy Sills (@randman_0514) May 6, 2021
2. Are we waiting for the next tragedy before real gun control?
3. Teachers need to be paid more.
I know everyone will be angry at this child, but she's a 6th grader. There is something horribly wrong in this child's home, and likely mental health issues here. She needs help, not hate, not prison. This is a child in terrible distress. Thoughts and prayers to all involved.🙏— TurtleSoup (wear a mask, save a life) (@TSoup16) May 6, 2021
Reuters reported yesterday, on May 6th, a sixth-grade girl pulled out a handgun from her backpack at Rigby Middle School in Rigby, Idaho.
She opened fire, hitting 2 fellow students and a member of staff.
The girl was swiftly disarmed by a teacher...
And she was held until law enforcement arrived, Jefferson County Sheriff Steve Anderson said
Thankfully, the 3 people who were shot are expected to make a full recovery after receiving hospital treatment...
And the young girl's identity is yet to be released to the public.
Authorities are still investigating how the girl from the nearby city of Idaho Falls got the gun...
And what motivated her to carry out the attack.
"She fired multiple rounds inside of the school and out," Anderson said...
"We don't have a lot of details of why. That is being investigated."
Students inside the school were gripped by terror when they realized the repeated intercom announcements of a school lockdown were not a drill.
"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 Idaho Falls' Local News 8.
"I texted everyone I knew."
They began comforting each other as the events unfolded inside a school where 1,500 students in sixth through eighth grades attend.
"We were freaking out - a few kids were crying. Some kid was sitting next to me I was trying to rub his back, make him feel better," Maren King, a seventh-grader, told Local News 8.
Moments before, Maren thought the noises were the school principal's attempt to make a lockdown drill seem more realistic.
Twelve-year-old Yandel Rodriguez recalled hearing "3 loud noises."
"Then there was screaming... Our teacher went to check it out, and he found blood."
Students were sent home with their parents immediately after the shootings and classes will be canceled on Friday, Jefferson School District Superintendent Chad Martin said.
"This is the worst nightmare any school district could ever face," Martin explained, "We prepare for it and we're never truly ready for it."
Depending on how the police investigation goes, the young girl could potentially be facing 3 counts of attempted murder.
This is a developing story and updates will be posted accordingly.