Published: Sun, May 27, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Hero in school shooting released from hospital

Hero in school shooting released from hospital

The teacher who tackled a shooter at Noblesville West Middle School and swatted the gun away was identified by numerous parents and students as seventh grade science teacher and middle school football coach Jason Seaman.

He was arrested "extremely quickly" following the shooting around 9 a.m. Friday, local police Chief Kevin Jowitt said. "Here we go again, and it's just really, really, really unfortunate", Jowitt said.

The attack comes a week after an attack at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, that killed eight students and two teachers. "He always said that he was willing to sacrifice himself before he was willing to let anything happen to his students".

Jacob Long, an eighth-grader, said students throughout the school were crying in their classrooms while teachers took off their belts to tether doors.

Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter said he spoke to Gov. Eric Holcomb, who was en route to Indiana from Europe.

New details have emerged about how a heroic science teacher wrestled a student gunman to the ground and was shot three times after the youngster returned to his classroom from a bathroom break wielding two handguns.

In a later Facebook post, the same woman said that Seaman was out of surgery and "doing well".

"He tackled [the shooter] to the ground", the unidentified student said, according to WCPO. The suspect in that shooting, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old student at the school, is also alleged to have placed rudimentary bombs in the area.

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I want to express my honest thanks and appreciation to our Noblesville West administrators, staff and students who stayed calm, showed courage and followed our safety protocols.

Instructional Assistant Paige Rose reacts outside Noblesville West Middle School after a shooting at the school on May 25, 2018 in Noblesville, Ind.

According to officials, the shooting took place inside a science classroom.

Police confirmed that threats were also made to surrounding middle schools.

"We need to get it right", Barnes said.

"Our hearts go out to the students, educators, families and community members of Noblesville who this morning faced a senseless act of gun violence at Noblesville West Middle School".

The shootings have fueled debate about how to keep campuses safe. We need to keep risky weapons out of the hands of unsafe people. We'd like to thank everyone across the country who prayed for our family today.

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