Witness: Teacher Threw Basketball at Shooter
Jason Seaman was shot subduing young gunman; female student in critical condition
By John Johnson,
(Newser) – More details are emerging from Friday’s shooting at a middle school in Noblesville, Indiana, and they continue to tell a similar tale: Seventh-grade science teacher Jason Seaman likely saved lives with his quick action. Police say a male student at Noblesville West Middle School asked to be excused from class, then returned with two handguns. “He pulled the gun out of his pocket and everyone started screaming, and trying to get behind stuff, like the desks and tables,” seventh-grader Ethan Stonebraker tells ABC News. “And he started shooting.” Seaman, who played college football, happened to have a basketball in his hands and threw it at the shooter as he ran toward him and tackled him, says Ethan. He says that Seaman, who was shot three times, swatted the gun away and laid on top of the student so he couldn’t move.
A 13-year-old girl, Ella Whistler, was the only other person shot, and her family says she is “doing well” after surgery and remains in critical condition, reports WTHR. Seaman, meanwhile, released a statement from the hospital. “I want to let everyone know that I was injured but am doing great,” he says, per the Indianapolis Star. “To all students, you are all wonderful and I thank you for your support. You are the reason I teach.” A former student of his who is now a freshman in high school tells the newspaper that Seaman used to tell his class during active-shooter drills that he would keep them safe. “I especially remember that he would throw himself on top of the shooter if he had to, which he proved today.” Police have not identified the shooter or speculated about a motive.