2 teachers hailed as heroes in Louisiana movie theater shooting

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Stories of heroism are beginning to emerge from Thursday night’s fatal shooting at a Louisiana movie theater.

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. Then, the second teacher was able to pull a fire alarm.

“There were two teachers there on just a summer break, last days of summer going to see a comedy, you know get ready for school, one teacher jumped in front of her friend potentially saving her life, the second teacher said that bullet was coming for her head if her friend hadn’t jumped on top of her,” Jindal said. “Both teachers were injured, the second teacher was injured in the leg. She had the presence of mind despite her injury to pull the fire alarm so who knows how many lives she saved by doing that.”

The two teachers were identified when the Iberia Association of Educators and the Louisiana Association of Educators set up a Go Fund Me page for the two women. According to the page, the money raised will “help with any and all medical bills they will be left with”.

“Jena Meaux and Ali Martin are two amazing, strong, beautiful women who risked their lives to save others,” the page said. “These women are heroes in our hearts and need our help. Open your hearts and help these two brave women. We thank you so much for your kind and generous donation.”

Police say John Russel Houser, 59, opened fire in a movie theater in Lafayette, La., killing three, including himself, and injuring nine.

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