The courageous science teacher who was shot three times as he wrestled a student gunman to the ground, insists he’s no hero.
Jason Seaman told a press conference on Monday that his ‘actions that day, in my mind, were the only acceptable actions.’
The 29-year-old has been hailed as a hero by staff and students at Noblesville West Middle School, in Indiana, and even President Trump praised his ‘heroic’ act, after a student entered his classroom on Friday and opened fire.
Jason Seaman, the courageous science teacher who was shot three times as he wrestled a student gunman to the ground, insisted he’s no hero at a press conference
Jason Seaman told a press conference on Monday that his ‘actions that day in my mind were the only acceptable actions’
The science teacher, and football coach, ‘immediately ran at him, swatted a gun out of his hand and tackled him to the ground,’ another seventh-grader Ethan Stonebraker.
Seaman was shot three times and taken to Indianapolis hospital, and released the following day. Student Ella Whistler, was also injured in the shooting and was rushed to hospital where she remains in critical but stable condition. There were no fatalities.
Authorities haven’t release the shooter’s name.
West Middle School principal Stacey Swan said at the press confernce that there was ‘no doubt’ that ‘Jason Seamon is a hero.’
Children are pictured being evacuated from Noblesville West Middle School on Friday after a shooter opened fire, critically injuring a teenage girl and a teacher who tackled the student to the ground
Parents comfort one another as they wait outside Noblesville West Middle School after a shooting on Friday morning
On Monday, Seaman admitted he ‘wasn’t entirely comfortable’ with the title and all the attention on him, adding that he saw no other option but to risk his life to try and stop the shooter.
‘I deeply care for my students and their well being,’ he explained.
The former college football player said he’d heard stories about how fellow members of staff had kept their heads under pressure and led students to safety during the shooting.
He also thanked the first responder who tended to Ella’s wounds while they waited for the ambulance, and praised the young student for her ‘her courage and strength’ which he said was ‘nothing short than remarkable.’
A GoFundMe fundraiser set up by Noblesville High School, student Jackson Ramey for Seaman’s medical bills on Friday has already raised more than $64,000 – with some individual donations totally more than $3,000.
‘I must give a special thanks to Jackson,’ Seaman said at the press conference. ‘I can’t fathom how someone I haven’t met would do such an act of kindness.’
Another GoFundMe has also been set up for Ella, who is said to be ‘making progress.’
School superintendent, Dr. Beth Niedermeyer, said she ‘could not be prouder’ of Seaman and all her staff who acted courageously during the mass shooting.
‘We’re so grateful for Jason’s quick actions on Friday,’ she added. ‘He put his own life in danger for his students. That tells you about his character and his big heart.
‘H’es loved by many.’
Students and parents say Seaman, a seventh-grade science teacher and football coach, intervened as a student opened fire in his classroom Friday morning
Seaman, 29, is also the high school’s football coach. He was the defensive end for Southern Illinois between 2007 and 2010 (pictured with his parents)
She added the outpouring of love and support from the Noblesville community, and the nation at large, ‘has been a source of beauty in this ugly tragedy.’
President Trump also praised the Indiana science teacher on Saturday, tweeting: ‘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!’
Witnesses say that the shooter has been acting suspiciously when he walked into the classroom while the class was taking a test.
Stonebraker told ABC News that his teacher threw a basketball at the shooter and ran toward the bullets as screaming students sought cover behind a table.
‘If it weren’t for him, more of us would have been injured for sure,’ the seventh grader said.
Investigators say the shooter had asked to be dismissed from the class before returning with two guns.
Ella Whistler, 13, was shot in a classroom Friday at Noblesville West Middle School near Indianapolis. Whistler’s family released a statement late Friday night saying she was doing well at a local hospital but remains in critical condition
He was arrested ‘extremely quickly’ following the shooting around 9 a.m. Friday, local police Chief Kevin Jowitt said.
Authorities didn’t release the student’s name or say whether he had been in trouble before but indicated he likely acted alone. Police said the student didn’t appear to be injured.
Stonebraker said he knew the suspected gunman. He described him as ‘a nice kid most of the times’ and said he often joked with the classmates.
‘It’s just a shock he would do something like that,’ Stonebraker said.
Hours after the shooting, law enforcement agents sealed off part of an upscale neighborhood in Noblesville but weren’t commenting on whether the suspect lived there.
Sandy McWilliams, a member of a landscaping crew working nearby, said six officers toting assault rifles entered a home.
Students were bused to the Noblesville High School gym, where hundreds of parents and other family members arrived to retrieve them.
Seaman (pictured with his wife) was released from hospital on Saturday
Seaman’s brother, Jeremy Seaman, told The Indianapolis Star that his brother was shot three times and underwent surgery.
Seaman, who is married with two young children, thanked first responders in a statement.
‘First of all, thank you to the first responders from Noblesville and Fishers for their immediate action and care,’ Seaman said.
‘I want to let everyone know that I was injured but am doing great. To all students, you are all wonderful and I thank you for your support. You are the reason I teach.’
He said his brother was a defensive end for Southern Illinois University’s football team and had never been a person to run away.
The attack came a week after a shooting at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, that killed eight students and two teachers, and months after the high school attack that killed 17 people in Parkland, Florida.
The Florida attack inspired students there and across the country to call for more restrictions on access to guns.
Law enforcement vehicles are seen behind a school sign after a shooting at Noblesville West Middle School in Noblesville, Ind., on Friday,