Hero Teacher Took A Bullet For Co-Worker During Movie Theater Shooting, Saved Her Life

Thoughts and prayers for all those affected by this tragedy.

When a gunman open fired in a Louisiana movie theater Thursday night, leaving multiple people dead or injured, a hero emerged from the crime scene. 

According to ABC News, teachers Jena Meaux and Ali Martin were injured during the Lafayette, La., shooting, one woman taking a bullet for her friend, a bullet headed straight for the woman's head. They were watching the comedy "Trainwreck."

"Her friend literally jumped over her, and, in her account, actually saved her life," Gov. Bobby Jindal said in a press conference. "If she hadn't done that ... that bullet, she believed it would have hit her in the head.

Even though she had been shot in the leg, the teacher pulled the fire alarm to help get others to safety.

Three were reported dead on the scene as well as the gunman. Both teachers are stable, one already has been released with the other who took the bullet still in the hospital. 

The Iberia Association of Educators, along with the Louisiana Association of Educators, have set up a crowdsourcing GoFundMe page to raise money for the two educators' medical bills. 

"What is raised will be split between these two brave women to help with any and all medical bills they will be left with. These women are heroes in our hearts and need our help," the fundraising page's description reads. "Open your hearts and help these two brave women."

So far, $6,453 has been raised of their $10,000 goal.


Police have identified the shooter, who A Plus will not name, as a 59-year-old from Alabama. 

"He bought a ticket and went into the theater," Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft told the Washington Post. "And sometime during the movie, he started shooting."

Among the deceased are 21-year-old Macy Breaux and 33-year-old Jillian Johnson. Nine people were injured.

Thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected and special thanks to these heroes.