Dear Commons Community,
Jason Seaman, a science teacher at Noblesville West Middle School, did not hesitate when a student walked into his classroom with a pair of handguns and then opened fire. Seaman, was shot three times as he lunged at the gunman in a bid to protect his class.
The shooter fired off several rounds before “Mr. Seaman started running at him, he’s a teacher, a science teacher — he tackled him to the ground,” a student, who did not wish to be identified told Fox 59.
“He’s a hero. If he didn’t do anything he probably would have continued shooting and a lot more of us would have been injured and possibly killed, so it was just something that most people would not have done but he was really brave to do it. “
His mother, Kristi J. Hubly Seaman, in Facebook post said her son was being treated at the Indiana Universtiy Methodist Hospital for gunshot wounds to his abdomen, hip and forearm.
“Jason is out of surgery and doing well,” she wrote. “PLEASE pray for the student that was also shot.”
A 13-year-old girl also struck in the gunfire Friday morning was transported to Riley Hospital for Children immediately following the incident and was in critical condition.
Jeremie Lovall said his daughter, a seventh-grader at the Indiana school, was in the classroom when the shooting unfoled shortly after 9 a.m. She phoned to tell her father she was alright and recalled the horrifying incident.
“She kept saying, ‘I saw my science teacher get shot,” he told the Indy Star.
Another student also in the classroom at the time of the attack told Fox 59 Seaman “swatted” the guns away from student shooter before tackling him to the ground.
He reportedly encouraged his class to run as he held down the suspect, who was taken into custody near Seaman’s classroom.
Noblesville Police Chief Kevin Jowitt said the Friday morning shooting was resolved “fairly quickly,” with many crediting Seaman with ending the shooting before things turned more violent.
The shooting is the 23rd school shooting this year in the US and comes just a week after an incident in Santa Fe, Texas in which 10 people died and 13 were injured at a high school.
God bless our teachers!