Eastern Idaho rallies around ‘Rigby Strong’ after school shooting
A sign reads “We love our students! Rigby Strong ”outside a company as people enter Rigby. The community rallied after a shooting at Rigby Middle School. | Eric Grossarth, EastIdahoNews.com
RIGBY – The morning after a shooting at Rigby Middle School, eastern Idaho rallies around the phrase “Rigby Strong” and reaches out to help the grieving community.
From signs to flowers and businesses helping out in Rigby and Jefferson County, the thousands of East Idaho residents and many businesses have expressed a desire to help.
Pick Me Up, a popular soda shack franchise, has extended its promotion of free drinks until Friday at their Rigby location in a show of support. In addition, the soda shack will accept donations in cash or by check until Saturday. The company says it will match donations up to $ 10,000 and give the funds directly to the three victims of the shooting.
“The only thing we focus on… is taking care of customers and that extends to taking care of the community,” Zac Martin, co-owner of Pick Me Up, told EastIdahoNews.com.
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Other businesses in the region are also helping. Answers, LLC and Tueller Counseling Services have also reached out to EastIdahoNews.com offering mental health counseling services to those affected by Thursday’s shooting.
The Upper Valley Children’s Advocacy Center also participated with the help of many community members. The center helped collect donated food and bottled water for the thousands of neighborhood students who were waiting to be handed over to their parents on Thursday morning.
Students leave Rigby Middle School after a school shooting Thursday morning. | Eric Grossarth, EastIdahoNews.com
“The need for school this morning is fabrics,” UVCAC said in a Facebook post on Friday morning. “Lots of handkerchiefs. We have volunteer runners today, so please bring them to our office and we’ll take them where they need to go. “
Rigby Middle School is empty on Friday morning, a stark contrast to Thursday in the frantic moments after a Grade 6 girl allegedly opened fire with a handgun at her school.
An empty Friday at Rigby Middle School stands in stark contrast to the frantic moments that followed when a Grade 6 girl allegedly opened fire with a handgun at her school. The shooting injured two classmates and a guard, Jim Wilson. All three were rushed to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, but are expected to survive. Wilson was released from the hospital Thursday afternoon.
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Flowers hang from a fence outside Rigby Middle School on Friday morning. | Eric Grossarth, EastIdahoNews.com.
Jefferson County Sheriff Steve Anderson said at a press conference that a teacher at the school heroically disarmed the student and detained her until the forces arrived. order. Several parents and students identified the teacher as Krista Gneiting.
My heart is touched by all the incredible outpourings of love that I have received, ”Gneiting said in a Facebook post to a public group. “Thanks. I don’t want any money, I just appreciate Rigby’s amazing support !!! I love my students so much! That’s why I teach !! They make my heart happy everyday !! !! All the staff at Rigby did their part and kept our wonderful children safe! Thank you! Love you all and we will be okay together. “
If anyone has a business that is doing something to support the Rigby community, send an email to [email protected] and we’ll create a list below.
- The Teton Healthy Center in Idaho Falls will donate all of Saturday’s profits to families affected by the shooting. They will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to a Facebook post.