The suspect in yesterday’s shooting at Noblesville Middle School in Noblesville, Indiana had asked for permission to leave his classroom. When he returned, he had two handguns with him. When he raised one of them and opened fire, science teacher Jason Seaman happen to be holding a basketball. Seaman launched it at the shooter and then charged him.
“Immediately [teacher] Mr. [Jason] Seaman was yelling and running right at him and tackled him to the ground,” Ethan said. “I was trying to stay crouched behind the back table, but also see what’s going on and that’s when [Mr. Seaman] was running right at him with this arms in front of him, and then he just tackled him against the wall.
Seaman played football and was a defensive end in college so he no doubt hit the shooter with a good deal of force.
“Then they were on the ground after [Mr. Seaman] swatted the gun from him and he just laid on the shooter so he couldn’t do anything,” Ethan said. “We got behind the back table in the corner of the room, and most people were just crouched covering their heads, but some people were trying to peer over the table and make sure they could see what’s going on.”
An Indiana man is allowing me to share this message. It’s from a student who was inside Jason Seaman’s classroom during the shooting in Noblesville. pic.twitter.com/jL3i0tDHWl
— Kaitlyn Connolly (@WCIA3Kaitlyn) May 25, 2018
One student was shot and Seaman hit three times as he charged the shooter. Both are expected to recover. Seaman’s wife read a statement from him after the surgery.
“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 the students, you are all wonderful and I thank you for your support. You are the reason I teach.”
Seaman, through his quick thinking and bravery, clearly saved a number of lives yesterday. A lot of people throw the word ‘hero’ around in a lot of circumstances, but if the term has any meaning, it certainly applies to him. Here’s hoping for a quick and complete recovery.
HERO | Former #Salukis defensive lineman Jason Seaman (2007-10) is being hailed as a hero. A science teacher in Noblesville, IN — he took a bullet this morning to protect his students. https://t.co/2A19N6zeS8 pic.twitter.com/Wle8BVKyv1
— Saluki Football (@SIU_Football) May 25, 2018