Hero teacher speaks about IN school shooting for first time

Jason Seaman

Seaman is credited with stopping an armed student who entered his Noblesville West Middle School classroom.

She said she wasn't surprised to hear that Seaman intervened to save students.

A teacher who was shot as he tackled and disarmed a student at an IN school last week said on Monday his swift decisions "were the only acceptable actions" to save his seventh-grade students.

Jason Seaman, a seventh grade science teacher at Noblesville West Middle School in Noblesville, Ind., says his swift decisions "were the only acceptable actions" to save his seventh-grade classroom during a school shooting last week.

The young attacker shot Seaman as well as a female student, who was in critical condition.

Thanks to very fearless Teacher & Hero Jason Seaman of Noblesville, Indiana, for his heroic act in saving so many precious young lives. His shirt also showed the wounded student's initials, EW.

Seaman was shot as he tackled the armed student.

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President Donald Trump praised Seaman on Twitter Saturday, calling him a "very courageous Teacher & Hero" for his "automatic action".

Seaman released a statement published by local media outlets Friday, thanking the police and emergency responders for their action and care.

"Immediately Mr. Seaman was yelling and running right at him and tackled him to the ground", Ethan said. "You're the reason I teach", he said.

Seaman deflected praise and gave credit to a quick-responding school resource officer; an "unbelievably courageous colleague" who entered his room and helped the wounded student; and the student who fought for her life after getting shot. That school will be open from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.to provide counseling to students and their families. "He pretty much protected all of us and it's something that you couldn't ask more of".

Vice President Mike Pence, the former governor of IN, also credited the teacher's "courageous action" for saving lives during the shooting at the suburban Indianapolis school.

Noblesville West Middle School Principal Stacey Swan and superintendent Beth Niedermeyer were also slated to be in attendance. 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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