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Girl Opened Fire at Idaho School, Injuring Three People | The World | DW

A girl opened fire this Thursday (05/06/2021) at a school in the northwestern state of Idaho, wounding two students and a janitor before being disarmed by a teacher, police said.

The student at Rigby High School near Idaho Falls – whose name remained withheld – is in sixth grade, making her 11 or 12 years old.

The girl “pulled a pistol out of her backpack, fired multiple rounds in and out of the school,” Jefferson County Sheriff Steve Anderson said.

The sheriff said the injuries sustained by two students and a school staff member are not life threatening. Idaho Falls Fire Department spokesperson Kerry Hammon said the three injured are stable.

Rigby Middle School has about 1,500 students, according to data from the US National Center for Education Statistics.

“During the shooting, a teacher disarmed the student and held her until the police took her into custody,” Anderson added at a news conference.

Police were called to the school around 9:15 a.m. after students and staff heard gunshots. Several law enforcement agencies came to the school as the students were evacuated to a nearby secondary school to meet their parents.

The United States has suffered a series of mass shootings in recent weeks: one at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, another at an office building in California, in addition to an attack at a grocery store in Colorado, and another at several spas in Atlanta. .

Last month, President Joe Biden called gun violence in the United States an “epidemic” and an “international disgrace.”

Last February marked the 3-year anniversary of the massacre at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Institute in Parkland (Florida) where 17 people died and 17 others were injured.

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