Teacher who stopped shooting: 'I had to save students'

Teacher who stopped shooting: 'I had to save students'

Witnesses said the 29-year-old former college football player ran toward bullets as he tackled the student shooter.

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.

"I can't really fathom how someone I have not personally met would do such an act of kindness", he said, "and how the Noblesville community has been so generous in its response to it".

Presented with the most risky decision of his life, Jason Seaman didn't see it as a decision at all ― just something that had to be done.

Seaman, who is also a football coach at the school, was shot in the stomach, hip and arm.

Although he has been lauded a hero, Seaman said that he is "a person who isn't looking for attention" and that he "did what [he] did that day" because he "deeply care [s] for [his] students and their well-being". Seaman was released from an Indianapolis hospital on Saturday.

"Her courage and strength at such a young age is nothing short of remarkable", Seaman said of Whistler.

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Molly Miles, a Noblesville High School freshman, told the IndyStar that she remembered Seaman telling the class that he would keep them safe in the event of a shooting.

"I can't say enough of how proud of Ella I am", Seaman said Monday. But school principal Stacey Swan said she's improving.

Seaman "put his own life in danger for his students - that alone tells you about his character and his big heart", Beth Niedermeyer, superintendent of Noblesville Schools, said at today's news conference.

As Seaman arrived, students began chanting his name and high-fiving him as he walked past. Noblesville defeated the Hamilton Southeastern Royals 6-3. A moment of silence was observed for Whistler and Seaman.

In the crowd Monday evening, countless people wore t-shirts, made donations and expressed their support for Noblesville. The Noblesville Millers lost their battle for a sectional championship game, but it was about more than the game.

Students are loaded onto school buses at Noblesville West Middle School in Noblesville, Ind., after reports of a shooting, May 25, 2018.

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