Heroic teacher was shot three times as he tackled gunman to save his class
On Friday we learned that there had been a shooting in an Indiana middle school, in which two people were injured. The news was confirmed by Sergeant John Perrine, the Public Information Officer for the Indiana State Police. The suspect, whose identity hasn't been revealed, was taken into custody, after his arrest at Noblesville West Middle School.
Now it has been revealed that one of the victims of the shooter was teacher Jason Seaman, who apparently tackled the gunman to the floor in an effort to save his students. One of his students returned to the classroom from a bathroom break wielding two handguns, firing multiple times before the 29-year-old science teacher could disarm him - getting shot three times in the process.
"Our science teacher immediately ran at him, swatted a gun out of his hand and tackled him to the ground," seventh-grader Ethan Stonebraker told the Associated Press. "If it weren’t for him, more of us would have been injured for sure."
Apparently, they were taking a science test when the student shooter entered, firing "four to six" times before Seaman subdued him.
A 13-year-old girl was also shot, taken to hospital in critical condition. The teacher's family have revealed since that he has undergone surgery and is doing "well", while the teenage girl's condition is unknown. The shooter was arrested shortly afterwards, and is now in police custody.
Police have not revealed the shooter's identity nor will they say how they think the gunman got the guns into the school. It is unclear who the weapons belonged to, as the shooter is rumored to have been around 13 years old. Police say it could be as late as Tuesday that he may appear in juvenile court.
In a written statement, Seaman confirmed his injuries, praised the work of first responders and thanked his students. The statement read:
"First of all, thank you to the first responders from Noblesville and Fishers for their immediate action and care. I want to let everyone know that I was injured but am doing great. To all students, you are all wonderful and I thank you for your support. You are the reason I teach."
Seaman’s brother, Jeremy Seaman, told IndyStar that this is exactly the way he assumed his sibling would act in an emergency situation. "It’s not surprising, to be honest, he’s not really ever been the person to run away," he explained. "When the safety of the kids is at hand, it’s not surprising to me that he was going to do what he had to do."
One of the students at Nobelsville High School, Molly Miles, remembered Seaman telling her class that he would keep them safe during active shooter drills when she was attending the middle school.
"I especially remember that he would throw himself on top of the shooter if he had to, which he proved today," she said. "He always said that he was willing to sacrifice himself before he was willing to let anything happen to his students."
Kristi Seaman, the wounded teacher's mother, took to Facebook on Friday afternoon to give concerned friends and family an update on Jason's recovery. "Jason is out of surgery and is doing well," she wrote, adding, "3 shots - 1 through the abdomen, 1 in the hip & 1 in the forearm. PLEASE pray for the student that was also shot."
Our thoughts go out to all injured in the attack, and their family and loved ones.