Two teachers hailed as heroes during theater shooting

LAFAYETTE, La. (WPRI) — Two teachers who were inside the theater where a deadly shooting happened in Louisiana are being hailed as heroes. Governor Bobby Jindal said both teachers risked their lives to save others.

According to Jindal, when the gunfire started, one teacher jumped on top of the other, shielding her from bullets. Both teachers were shot, according to CBS affiliate WAFB.

But Jindal said if the first teacher hadn’t jumped on the second, the second one could have been hit in the head.

Despite a gunshot wound to the leg, the second teacher manager to pull a fire alarm in the movie theater, alerting authorities and potentially saving other lives.

The teachers were among 100 people watching the popular movie “Trainwreck” Thursday night, when one of the movie-goers opened fire, killing two women before turning the gun on himself.

Seven others were hurt, some of whom are still receiving treatment.

WAFB has identified the teachers as Jena Meaux and Ali Martin. The station reports there’s already a GoFundMe account to help raise money for the teacher’s medical bills.

The Iberia Association of Educators set up the online fundraiser.


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