Science teacher who was shot and tackled school shooter releases statement

Arturo Kim
May 28, 2018

An Indiana science teacher was released from the hospital on Saturday, a day after he was shot while tackling a student who opened fire inside a classroom.

He said his brother was conscious after the shooting and talked with his wife, telling her he was OK.

Superintendent of Noblesville Schools, Dr. Beth Niedermeyer, said faculty and students correctly followed procedures as they evacuated the middle school.

The Noblesville shooting is the second school shooting in eight days.

Ethan Stonebraker, a student witness, said the shooter was acting suspiciously when he walked into the classroom while the class was taking a test Friday. "We were all hiding in the back of a classroom behind some desks, then (Seaman) was yelling to call 911, to get out of the building as fast as we could, so we ran (out)".

Seaman, who is married with two young children, was shot through the abdomen, hip and forearm, according to a Facebook post by his mother. At least three victims - two students and a teacher - were rushed to the hospital with injuries that have yet to be revealed. He was released from hospital Saturday afternoon.

People who knew Seaman, a former defensive end for Southern Illinois University, said his bravery came as no surprise.

Jowitt said that the school employs a full-time school resource officer, but does not know if he was involved in the shooting.

A male student opened fire at the suburban Indianapolis school on Friday
A male student opened fire at the suburban Indianapolis school on Friday

The team said the Salukis' head coach played one season with Seaman.

"Something needs to change, and I think it starts with doing daily searches" at schools, parent Somorah Landis told Indianapolis TV station WISH.

Seaman graduated from Southern Illinois University in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education.

Seaman's actions came "as no surprise to...those who know Jason", the school district Seaman attended in IL said in a statement to WISH.

Seaman was shot three times and underwent surgery and Ella Whistler, 13, was shot multiple times and was in critical condition. "If it wasn't for him, more of us could have been injured, for sure", said the boy, whose name and face were not shown. The middle school is comprised of about 1,300 students.

Following a lockdown at the middle school due to the shooting, students were taken by bus to Noblesville High School.

Friday's school shooting follows the deadly attack that killed 10 at Santa Fe High School in Texas. We will spend the next days and weeks processing what happened and why, ' the family said.

This is the 17th school shooting this year and fourth of the month.

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