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An Idaho teacher Krista Gneiting who dropped out of a middle school shooting earlier this month said she hugged the sixth grade shooter after stealing the girl’s gun.
“It was a little girl, and my brain couldn’t quite grasp that,” teacher Krista Gneiting said. “I just knew when I saw that gun, I had to get the gun.” https://t.co/0yPba1tval
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Krista Gneiting math teacher at Rigby Middle School
“I just walked up to her and put my hand over her hand – I took the gun out of her hand slowly and she allowed me to,” said Krista Gneiting, math teacher at Rigby Middle School, in an exclusive interview with ABC News, which aired Wednesday on Good Morning America.
“She didn’t give it to me, but she didn’t fight,” continued Gneiting. “And after I got the gun, I just hugged her because I thought this little girl has a mother somewhere who doesn’t realize she’s breaking down and hurting people.”
Authorities said the girl brought the gun to school in her backpack and fired multiple shots shortly after 9 a.m. on May 6, the Associated Press reports.
Two students were shot dead together with the school caretaker. All three suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to KIFI.
Gneiting said she was in her classroom preparing her students for final exams when she heard a shot. She said she looked down the hall and saw the caretaker lying on the floor.
After hearing two more gunshots, she said to her students, “We’re going to run to high school, you’re going to run hard, you are not going to look back and now is the time to get up and go, ‘” she said.
Gneiting said she was helping an injured student when she ran into the sixth grade shooter.
“It was a little girl and my brain couldn’t quite understand it,” she said. “I just knew when I saw this gun I had to get the gun.”
When she took the gun from the girl, she said she called 911 and hugged the girl until the police took her into custody.
“After a while the girl started talking to me and I could tell that she was very unhappy,” said Gneiting. “I just kept hugging and loving her and trying to let her know we’d get through this together.”
Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office informs PEOPLE that the girl is currently in custody and has been charged. Last month Jefferson County Attorney Mark Taylor said she could face three attempted murders, the East Idaho News reports.
“She’s just starting out in life and just needs a little help. Everyone makes mistakes,” said Gneiting. “I think we have to make sure we get her help and get her back to where she loves herself so that she can function in society.”