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Teacher Who Subdued Noblesville West Middle School Shooter Praised

The Noblesville teacher tackled the suspect and was shot three times.

Teacher Who Subdued Noblesville West Middle School Shooter Praised

Teacher Jason Seaman said he wasn't looking for attention in a brief press conference Monday. Photo via Jason Seaman's Twitter

A Noblesville West Middle School science teacher is being called a hero for tackling an armed student who opened fire inside his classroom Friday morning.

Multiple news sources have identified Jason Seaman, 29, as the teacher and school football coach who subdued the suspect. He was shot in the abdomen, hip and forearm, his mother wrote in a Facebook post.

The only other person shot was student Ella Whistler, 13, reports the Associated Press. She was reported in critical but stable condition Saturday. The suspect has not been identified due to his age.

The shooting happened at about 9 a.m. on Friday when the alleged gunman asked to be excused from class and then returned with two handguns and started shooting.

Seaman reportedly ran toward the shooter as he fired shots

One boy told CNN “Mr. Seaman started running at him. He tackled him to the ground. We were all hiding in the back of a classroom behind some desks, then (Seaman) was yelling to call 911, to get out of the building as fast as we could, so we ran [out].”

Seventh-grader Ethan Stonebraker said, “If it weren’t for him, more of us would have been injured for sure.”

Seaman spoke at a news conference Monday, showing no signs of the injuries he sustained in the shooting.

“I want to make it clear that my actions on that day, in my mind, were the only acceptable actions I could have done given the circumstances,” Seaman told a roomful of reporters. “I deeply care for my students and their well-being. That is why I did what I did that day.”

President Donald Trump tweeted his praise of Seaman on Saturday: “Thanks to very brave Teacher & Hero Jason Seaman of Noblesville, Indiana, for his heroic act in saving so many precious young lives. His quick and automatic action is being talked about all over the world!”

Vice President Mike Pence also praised the teacher.

Seaman played three sports while attending high school in Mahomet, Ill., and played football at Southern Illinois University, reports USC Today.

Counseling for all students and school district employees is being offered on Saturday and Monday.

A GoFundMe page for Seaman was started by a Noblesville student that has raised over $84,000 as of Tuesday morning.

The Noblesville shooting happened only one week after ten people were killed at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas.

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2 responses to “Teacher Who Subdued Noblesville West Middle School Shooter Praised”

  1. God Bless Teacher Jason Seaman. He is a hero. This school is trained in ALICE active shooter response options. They have ALICE Instructors in the district who have taught ALICE response to the schools since 2014. The District provides multiple training sessions per year including tabletop exercises. This District was prepared.

  2. Thellonious Simmons says:

    God Bless you Mr. Seaman, you heroics will never ever be forgotten. The other schools and facilities should continue to have trainings through out the summer as well whether it be ALERRT or ALICE both are great. Never forget the counselling portion and remember to follow up.

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