Science teacher hailed as hero after Indiana shooting
Indiana high school student entered a classroom and started shooting before they are being held by the teacher.
President Trump tweeted his thanks to the science teacher, who bravely sprang into action during a shooting at an Indiana high school Friday.
Seaman, 29, a seventh-grade science teacher at Noblesville West Middle School was credited with knocking a weapon from the shooter’s hand.
Thanks to the very brave Teacher & Hero Jason Seaman of Noblesville (Indiana), for his heroic deed in saving so many precious young lives. Are fast and automatic action is spoken all over the world!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2018
“Thanks to the very brave Teacher & Hero Jason Seaman of Noblesville (Indiana), for his heroic deed in saving so many precious young lives. Are fast and automatic action is spoken all over the world!” Trump tweeted.
Ethan Stonebraker, a seventh grade student, told the Associated Press that he witnessed a Sailor to jump into action to prevent a tragedy.
“Our teacher immediately ran to him, swatted a gun out of his hand and has him on the ground,” he said. “If it wasn’t for him, more of us would be injured.”
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Jason a Seaman was dubbed a hero after he saved several lives by knocking a weapon from the shooter’s hand, witnesses said.
(Southern Illinois University)
A student, Ella Whistler, 13, was critically injured in the shooting. Her family announced in a statement that the teenager was in stable condition after the incident. Seaman was also wounded in the shooting.
The teacher gave a statement after the incident, thanking the first responders and his students.
“First and foremost, thank you for the first responders of Noblesville and Fishers for their immediate action and care. I want to let everyone know that I was injured, but I’m doing well. For all students, you guys are great and I thank you for your support. You are the reason I teach,” the statement read.
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In addition to Trump, Vice-President Mike Pence also thanked the Sailor for his courage on Saturday.
Indiana school teacher Jason Zeeman is an American (Hoosier!) Hero. His courageous action saved lives in the course of Friday’s school shooting in Noblesville. We are all proud of you Jason and are praying for you and those affected and recovering from injuries.
— Vice-President Mike Pence (@VP) May 26, 2018
“Indiana school teacher Jason Zeeman is an American [and a Hoosier!] Hero. His courageous action saved lives in the course of Friday’s school shooting in Noblesville,” he tweeted. “We are all proud of you Jason and are praying for you and those affected and recovering from injuries.”
Sailor’s brother, Jeremy, told the IndyStar that the teacher was conscious.
“When he was brought to the hospital, I know he was talking,” Jeremy Seaman said. “He spoke to his wife. He told her that he was OK.”
Sailor is married, has two young children, Jeremy said. He also said that his brother was an athlete in high school and played college football at Southern Illinois University.
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His mother posted her son is on Facebook.
“Jason is a surgery and is doing well. 3 photos – 1 via the stomach, 1 in the hip & 1 in the forearm. PLEASE pray for the student who was also shot,” the post stated.
Zeeman students spoke to FOX 59 about the incident and how their teacher saved their lives.
“I’m really grateful for him to be there, because without him, I’m not sure if all of us would have made,” Carter Sutherland told FOX 59.
The Guardian reported a Sailor throwing a basketball in the shooter to try to avert the situation. The name of the shooter was not released, but police said that he was a student.
Fox News’ Elizabeth Zwirz contributed to this report.