Taking pictures at Rigby Center College in Idaho injures 3; Pupil in custody

RIGBY, Idaho – Two students and an administrator were injured in a shooting at a middle school in east Idaho Thursday and a male student was taken into custody, authorities said.

The injuries to the victims are not life threatening, said Jefferson County Sheriff Steve Anderson.

“Today we had the worst nightmare a school district could ever have. We had a school shooting here at Rigby Middle School,” said Chad Martin, superintendent of the Jefferson School District. “What we know so far is that the shooter was arrested. There is no further threat to the students.”

The police were called to the school at around 9:15 a.m. Several law enforcement agencies were on site.

The students were evacuated to a nearby high school and the parents stood in line to be reunited with their children.

Sgt. The Bonneville County Sheriff’s. Bryan Lovell said the investigation is still ongoing and no additional information is available. He said the school is still in the process of capturing and releasing all students.

Rigby is a small town about 95 miles southwest of Yellowstone National Park. Rigby Middle School has approximately 1,500 students in sixth through eighth grades, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

“I pray for the life and safety of those involved in today’s tragic events,” said Governor Brad Little in a prepared statement. “Thank you to our law enforcement agencies and school principals for their efforts to respond to the incident.”

Idaho Education Association President Layne McInelly said the union stands ready to provide any assistance to school staff, students and the community.

“We send positive thoughts to the victims of this tragic incident and hope for their full and speedy recovery. Patience must be a high priority while school officials and law enforcement agencies investigate the situation,” McInelly said in a statement.

Parishioners collected bottles of water and packaged snacks to bring to the students while they waited to be reunited with their families in hot weather. Rebecca Noah Casper, mayor of nearby Idaho Falls, said people who want to donate water and snacks should take them to the Upper Valley Child Advocacy Center instead of going to school.

“Idahoans want to help. Showing up is NOT helpful. Praying and sending good thoughts is NEVER inappropriate,” Casper tweeted.

The attack appears to be Idaho’s second school shooting. In 1999, a high school student in Notus fired a shotgun several times. No one was hit by the gunfire, but one student was injured when debris ricocheted off the first shell.

In 1989, a Rigby Junior High student drew a gun, threatened a teacher and student, and took a 14-year-old girl hostage, according to a report from Deseret News. Police safely rescued the hostage from a nearby church about an hour later and took the youth into custody. No one was shot in this incident.

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