CRIME

Rigby residents say they’re getting amazing support after school shooting

May 7, 2021, 6:57 PM
Idaho school shooting...
(Officers leave Rigby Middle School after a shooting in Rigby, Idaho, on Thursday, May 6, 2021. Associated Press)
(Officers leave Rigby Middle School after a shooting in Rigby, Idaho, on Thursday, May 6, 2021. Associated Press)

RIGBY, IDAHO – People in the town of Rigby Idaho say they’re getting an overwhelming display of support from neighboring communities after a achool shooting where a sixth grade girl brought a gun to Rigby Middle School and injured three people. 

When the shots first rang out on school grounds, teacher Janet Carter thought she heard thunder.  She says her students thought it was noise from construction crews working on another part of the school.  However, things changed once she heard the announcement the school was locking down.

Carter says, “We didn’t know if it was real, or not, but then we heard sirens and we heard a lot of yelling and thought, ‘Oh my gosh, this is real.’”

Carter took her students to a U-shaped storage unit and waited there for roughly 45 minutes.  She says the students were remarkably well-composed while they were waiting for the “all clear.”

“The kids stayed calm.  There was a little bit of crying, but lots of hugging and lots of support.  The students took good care of each other,” she says.

Students like Mikayla Dean also rushed into a closet when the lockdown was announced.  She says her teacher did a very good job keeping everyone relaxed. 

She says, “We were texting our parents, and [our teacher] told us, ‘Guys, we’re going to be ok.’  She was just really nice to us.”

Dean isn’t certain if she will take advantage of the grief counseling that’s being offered by the school district, but she’s thankful that the counselors are available.  She believes some of her friends might need it.

“When we got out of the closet, me and my friends were shaking, a little bit.  A couple of my friends were just really upset and didn’t know how to think about this,” she says.  “It’s kind of traumatizing.”

Her mother, Melissa Dean, says the shooting at the school has brought the Rigby community close with fellow residents and business owners doing what they can to lift the spirits of the town.

“They were handing out free snow cones in town and free drinks.  Everybody was just coming together to show love and support,” she says.

Students from other high schools have already left banners and hearts on school grounds, and people from the nearby city of Rexburg are also showing their support.

“They are gathering a whole bunch of hearts from their community and their students and they’re bringing them down to put on our school,” Dean says.  “They’re asking their people to shop in Rigby today to support us.”

 

Other Reading:

Armed Utah teachers practice responding to school shootings

Governor’s Public Safety Summit focuses on stopping a school shooting

Vigil planned for victims of California school shooting

Today’s Top Stories

Crime

...
Mark Jones

Suspect taken into custody after firing shots in Kearns

A shelter in place was issued Wednesday evening in Kearns after an 18-year-old male fired a weapon at a family member fled the scene through a residential area.
2 days ago
Lina Reyes Geddes, of Youngstown, Ohio, has been identified as the victim in a 1998 homicide cold c...
Mark Jones

Garfield County cold case homicide is brought to a close

Authorities in Utah and Ohio announced Wednesday the closure of a Garfield County cold case that dates back to April 20, 1998.
2 days ago
Provo Police need help to identify and locate a suspect in a 2020 cold case shooting that happened ...
Devin Oldroyd

Provo Police Department asking for help solving a 2020 cold case

Provo Police need help to identify and locate a suspect in a 2020 cold case shooting that happened at the Missionary Training Center.
8 days ago
salt lake mayorMendenhall guns...
Curt Gresseth

After NY law is struck down, two Utah experts sound off on gun rights

Two advocates on either side of the gun-control vs. gun rights debate sound off on the Supreme Court's 6-3 ruling to expand the right to carry a firearm in public.
8 days ago
A men’s maximum-security unit in the new Utah State Correctional Facility in Salt Lake City is pi...
Lindsay Aerts

State leaders cut the ribbon on new Utah State Correctional Facility

After five years of construction, a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Utah State Correctional Facility, located west of the Salt Lake City International Airport, was held Wednesday.
9 days ago
Salt Lake City Police are looking into a pair of armed bank robberies Tuesday night in the Salt Lak...
Mark Jones

Update: SLC armed robbery suspect taken into custody

Salt Lake City police are searching for Tanner Cram, age 27, a suspect behind a pair of alleged armed bank robberies Monday evening.
10 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
Rigby residents say they’re getting amazing support after school shooting