Just after 9 a.m. on Friday a seventh-grade student entered a classroom at Noblesville West Middle School and opened fire. One student was injured, and that number could have possibly been higher if not for the quick thinking of a science teacher. He charged and tackled the gunman.
That teacher, identified as Jason Seaman, was shot in the process.
Seaman underwent surgery for multiple gunshot wounds but according to the Indy Star, he was released from IU Health on Saturday.
Seaman’s heroics have now garnered national attention. People all over the country have weighed in on the local teacher’s life-saving effort including President Trump, “Thanks to very brave Teacher & Hero Jason Seaman of Noblesville, Indiana, for his heroic act in saving so many precious young lives. His quick and automatic action is being talked about all over the world!”
Although he has been the subject of most of the attention of the horrific event, Seaman, choose to use his new-found fame on the internet to advocate for the other victim of the shooting, Ella Whistler, “Please support Ella and her family during this time. She is a tremendous young woman.”
Seaman’s first tweet after the shooting was directing his followers to donate to the GoFundMe of his injured student. The online donation pool has already surpassed its goal of $30,000. Whistler is still listed as being in “critical but stable condition.”
The suspected shooter is currently in custody but due to his status as both a minor and a student, his identity is being withheld. Officers from the FBI, ATF, and local police departments have searched the middle schooler’s home. Among the investigators was a team of computer crime specialists.
School shootings have been a hot topic of debate in recent weeks. The total number of school shootings in 2018 is 23. The shooting has already triggered local protests in favor of more gun control.
Watch Seaman’s Press Conference here. (CBS INDY)