Two teachers are being recognized as heroes for their response during a tragic shooting inside a Lafayette movie theater July 23.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said during a press conference that after the gunman opened fire during the showing of a film, one of the teachers lunged to shield the body of her friend, the teacher who then leapt to pull a fire alarm.
“Her friend literally jumped over her, and in her account actually saved her life,” Jindal said during a press conference. “If she hadn’t … that bullet she believed it would have hit her in the head.”
The two teachers were identified as Ali Martin and Jena Meaux. One was released and the other was still being treated at a hospital yesterday.
The president of the Iberia Association of Educators in the city where the two work, has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for medical expenses and anything else the two teachers need. The page has already raised $22,000 in one day.
“We will be sure to present them with each donor’s name, as well as the amount donated so that they are aware of the love and support pouring in from across the country,” wrote Cammie Maturin on her campaign page.
(READ the full story in the New Orleans Times-Picayune)