Indiana Teacher Who Tackled Shooter Hailed as Hero

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I want to let everyone know that I was injured [but] am doing great. He released his own statement thanking first responders and students for their support. "You're the reason I teach", he said.

Indiana University Health spokeswoman Danielle Sirilla said the teacher was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital and the wounded student was taken to Riley Hospital for Children.

Jowitt said the student was quickly taken into custody and didn't confirm accounts that the teacher tackled the shooter after he fired four to six shots.

Jowitt said the first 911 call came in at 9:06 a.m. reporting an active shooter. She has not been identified.

A student who wished to not be identified told WXIN he was in the classroom and sitting near a student who was shot.

Jason Seaman was released from an Indianapolis hospital a day after helping stop the shooter after he had opened fire at Noblesville West Middle School on Friday morning.

"Our science teacher immediately ran at him, swatted a gun out of his hand and tackled him to the ground, " seventh-grader Ethan Stonebraker said.

"Just his core values of hard work and being a good teammate, just as a coach you're looking for more Jason Seamans to join your team for sure", he said.

The suspect had excused himself from class and came back armed with the pistols and opened fire in a science class, authorities said. He played football and ran track for him.

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Seaman has been a science teacher for almost four years and a 7th-grade football coach for two years.

Higgins said her son was shaken up but knew little about what happened.

Several former students of Jason Seaman echoed that sentiment.

There have been 23 school shootings where someone was hurt or killed so far this year - an average of more than one shooting a week. "That's what he stood for".

Jeremy Seaman, Jason's brother, confirmed to the The Indianapolis Star that his younger brother had been the teacher who was shot.

ESPN noted that Seaman was a defensive end at Southern Illinois University from 2007 to 2010. "I went into this little room in the back with three other people", he said.

"He's familiar with struggle and adversity", his brother, who now lives in Arizona, said.

Police say that the situation is contained at Noblesville West Middle School, located just northeast of Indianapolis.

A teacher is being credited with disarming a student suspected of opening fire at an IN middle school. 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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