Two teachers who were inside the Louisiana theater during the shooting are being described as heroes.
Two people were killed in the attack in Lafayette, La.; nine more were injured.
Jena Meaux of New Iberia, Louisiana was sitting with her close friend Ali Martin when the gunman stood up inside the Grand Theatre in Lafayette, just 20 minutes into a showing of the film Trainwreck. Both women were shot in their legs and were hospitalized, .
The Lafayette teacher’s actions last night at the movie theater shooting were nothing short of heroic.
“Literally took a bullet that could have hit the second teacher in the head”.
“It’s something that we practice for”, she said. She believes the training she and other teachers received helped them stay calm in the midst of the chaos in the movie theater.
Jindal cited Lafayette’s resilience and said family members at the hospital were “hoping for the best”.
“Emotionally, it will take them awhile to recover from this”, Henderson said. “They were anxious”. At least one of those was in critical condition and being operated on at an area hospital, he said.
Cammie Maturin, president of the Iberia Association of Educators – the local parish chapter of the Louisiana Association of Educators – knew both women and was not at all surprised by their actions, she told The Washington Post.
Two teachers risked their lives to save many others when a gunman opened fire in a Louisiana movie theater last night. “These women are heroes in our hearts and need our help”.
When the gunman opened fire, the two women tried to protect each other. “We thank you so much for your kind and generous donation”. At the time of publication, they had raised $11,310 of $40,000. “We don’t know what happened”. Investigators said the shooter’s motive was unknown. “All I have to say is that God is good”, Guilbeau added. Henderson, a former English teacher himself, taught Meaux when she was a student at New Iberia Senior High School.
One of the women, allegedly Meaux, threw herself on another to shield her from the spray of bullets fired at the 100 people in the theatre, while the other, supposedly Martin, pulled the fire alarm during the incident, alerting authorities. She, too, had taught at the Jeanerette high school.
Presidential hopeful Gov. Bobby Jindal traveled to the scene within hours of the shooting, telling reporters that a teacher who was in the theater jumped in front of a second teacher, saving her life.
“That’s them, that’s who they are”, she told The Post.
Seven others were hurt, some of whom are still receiving treatment.