A school shooting on Friday in Noblesville, Indiana could have been much worse, were it not for the heroic actions of a seventh-grade science teacher.
At approximately 9 AM Friday morning, a student asked to be excused from Jason Seaman’s science class at Noblesville West Middle School — roughly 20 miles northeast of Indianapolis. When he returned, he opened fire with two handguns. The fact that nobody died in the shooting (Seaman and a 13-year-old female student were injured) is due to Seaman’s quick and selfless response:
Seventh-grader Ethan Stonebraker says the class was taking a test when the student walked in late, pulled out a gun and started firing.
He says the teacher “immediately ran at him, swatted a gun out of his hand and tackled him to the ground.” Stonebraker adds, “if it weren’t for him, more of us would have been injured for sure.”
Seaman, who has two young children of his own according to the Indianapolis Star, is currently receiving treatment for injuries sustained after being shot in the abdomen, hip, and forearm. On Friday afternoon, his mother, Kristi, posted to her Facebook page that Seaman was undergoing surgery, asking family and friends to pray for him.
“I thank God that no one was killed,” Kristi Seaman wrote.
CBS reported that, according to eyewitness accounts from students inside the classroom, the student carrying out the shooting shot one of his classmates before Seaman tackled him and wrestled the guns away. A school resource officer reportedly responded to the shooting following Seaman’s intervention.
“[Seaman] tackled him to the ground, we were all hiding in the back of a classroom behind some desks, then he was yelling to call 911 to get out of the building as fast as we could, so we ran down the stairs,” a student who asked to not be identified told CBS.
In addition to being a science teacher, Seaman was also the football coach at Noblesville West Middle School. ESPN reports that he was a former defensive lineman at Southern Illinois University between 2007 and 2010.
“[Seaman]’s not really ever been the person to run away. 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,” Seaman’s brother, Jeremy, told the Star.
Neither the shooter or the girl who was shot has not yet been identified as of this writing.
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