Unarmed teacher who stopped IN school says he had to save students

Unarmed teacher who stopped IN school says he had to save students

By Saturday he had been discharged from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and was photographed at Noblesville West Middle School shaking hands with U.S. Rep. Susan W. Brooks.

She said she wasn't surprised to hear that Seaman intervened to save students.

Jason Seaman, a heroic science teacher who tackled a gunman at an IN middle school, previously promised his students that he would protect them at all costs. In a statement, her family said her status is "critical" but she is stable. She says Seaman, a seventh grade teacher and football coach, "put his own life in danger" for others.

Seaman was trying to protect the students in his seventh-grade classroom while also attempting to disarm the shooter on Friday.

Seaman, 29, spoke publicly for the first time Monday since he was shot three times.

Along with Whistler's family, Seaman also thanked all of the first responders and the support he's received from his students.

Authorities referred to a prompt and heroic response at the school but didn't confirm accounts of Seaman tackling the student or describe the role of the resource officer who was stationed at the school.

"I can't say enough of how proud of Ella I am", Seaman said today. He was arrested "extremely quickly" following the shooting around 9am Friday, local police Chief Kevin Jowitt said. He said Jason Seaman was a defensive end for Southern Illinois University's football team and had never been a person to run away.

Noblesville High School senior Jackson Ramsey started a crowdfundraising effort for Seaman.

Niedermeyer added that she is "so grateful for Jason's quick and courageous actions".

Seaman deflected praise and gave credit to a quick-responding school resource officer; an "unbelievably fearless colleague" who entered his room and helped the wounded student; and the student who fought for her life after getting shot.

The Indiana teacher who stopped a school shooting says his decisions were the "only acceptable action" to save his students.

"On Friday, we endured a horrific and senseless tragedy that had a significant impact on this community", said Dr. Beth Niedermeyer, Superintendent Noblesville Schools. In 2018 alone, there have already been 17 shootings - the highest number during any year since at least 1999, according to a Washington Post database that tracks such attacks.

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