Two teachers in Lafayette, Louisiana, are being hailed as heroes for their actions during the theater shooting in their town Thursday night.
Gov. Bobby Jindal met with the survivors at an area hospital and recounted what the teachers, Jena Meaux and Ali Martin, did that probably saved many lives.
At a press conference, Jindal said one of the teachers told him that her friend “literally jumped over her” and “saved her life.” If her friend hadn’t done so, she believes a bullet fired their way “would have hit her in the head.” Instead, she was struck in the leg.
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“Now both teachers ended up getting shot, but that second one, the one whose life was saved, even though she was shot, she had the presence of mind to pull the fire alarm to help save other lives,” Jindal added.
The alleged gunman, John Russell Houser, 59, shot 11 people, killing two of them: Mayci Breaux, 21 and Jillian Johnson, 33. He then tried to make his way out of the theater with the crowd, according to CNN.
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Authorities said he had swapped license plates on his Lincoln Continental, which he parked right outside an exit door of the theater. When he saw police on the scene, he returned inside and took his own life.
A GoFundMe page has been started to help the teachers defray the costs of their medical treatment.
“It’s all about helping them because they helped a whole lot of people,” said friend and former colleague Cammie Maturin. “It could have been a lot worse.”
“Teachers don’t make much at all, but these are ladies who would give the shirt off their backs. This is the least we can do,” said Maturin.
h/t: The Blaze
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