Indiana teacher who tackled a school shooter, says that the “only acceptable” act to save students



Hero teacher speaks out after saving lives

Science teacher Jason Seaman was shot three times, while the approach of an armed student in Noblesville West Middle School in a suburb of Indiana.

The science teacher who was shot, while the approach of a student who opened fire in an Indiana classroom spoke for the first time on Monday, and said that his fast movements were the “only acceptable” actions to save his students.

Jason Zeeman, and other officials of the school thanked the Noblesville, Indiana community and gave an update on Ella Whistler, the 13-year-old student who was seriously injured in the attack.

“I want to make clear that my actions on that day, in my eyes, were the only acceptable actions that I could have done given the circumstances,” Seaman told reporters. “I deeply care for my students and their well-being. So that is the reason why I did what I did that day.”

The 29-year-old man, a former college football player, has been declared a hero for his actions to take the as yet unidentified gunman who entered his Noblesville West Middle School classroom with a gun.

Jason Zeeman said that the decision to tackle a shooter was the “only acceptable actions that I could have done given the circumstances.”


Seaman refused to answer questions from journalists, but praised Whistler and urged everyone to think of her as she recovers.

“I can’t say enough how proud of Ella, I am, and how we all should be,” he said. “Her courage and strength at such a young age is nothing short of remarkable, and we should all keep her in our thoughts as she continues to recover.”

“I deeply care for my students and their well-being. So that is the reason why I did what I did that day.”

– Jason Zeeman

Head of School Stacey Swan said the teen’s condition was improving. She was listed in critical, but stable condition.

Noblesville West Middle school principal Stacey Swan said Ella Whistler’s condition to improve.



Superintendent Beth Niedermeyer called Friday’s shooting a “terrible and senseless tragedy” that shook the community and said that she was given the “enormous kindness, resilience and strength” in the aftermath.

The superintendent said the school has provided advice for students and staff, and would continue to do so in the summer, according to FOX59. Niedermeyer added that the overwhelming support from across the community and the nation is a source of strength.

Ella Whistler’s family released a statement late Friday evening said:” this was a good thing to do in a local hospital, but remains in critical condition.


“I couldn’t be prouder of Jason [Zeeman], [Declarant] Stacey [Swan], and the entire Noblesville West staff. Students, drivers, nurses,…the list goes on and on. All acted quickly. They kept calm. They showed courage and followed all of our safety protocols,” Niedermeyer said.

She also praised the actions of the science teacher.

“We are so grateful for Jason’s quick and courageous actions on Friday. He is a strong teacher. He is a coach. He is a father. He is a man, and he is a son,” Niedermeyer said. “He puts his own life was in danger for his disciples. That alone tells you about his character and his big heart.”


Science teacher hailed as hero after Indiana shooting


President Donald Trump thanked the teacher Saturday on Twitter, and praised Sailor “heroic deed”.

“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.

Fox News’ Katherine Lamb, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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