Dealership gives new car to Noblesville school shooting hero

Noblesville school teacher Jason Seaman was given a new car for his heroism during the May 25 shooting.
Hero teacher gifted new car
New car for hero teacher
New car for hero teacher

CARMEL, Ind. (WTHR) - Hoosiers continue to reach out to a local teacher credited with stopping last month's school shooting to show their appreciation.

Wednesday, Jason Seaman may have received the biggest thank you of all.

Napleton Hyundai in Carmel presented the teacher and his wife with a 2018 Hyundai Elantra. The dealership said they wanted to do something for Seaman and his family and while a new car sounds like a lot, it's a drop in the bucket compared to what he risked.

"The acceptable action for somebody else might have been to run, to freeze up, to protect the nearest child to them, but Jason jumped into harm's way without thinking and prevented a terrible day from becoming a really tragic day," said Brian Napleton.

"It really means a lot that people are out there and they care and they just want to let you know that they support you, so it's all really pretty neat," Seaman said.

Seaman tackled a 13-year-old student who opened fire in his classroom at Noblesville West Middle School May 25. Seaman was shot in the incident, so was 13-year-old Ella Whistler, who was shot seven times and suffered life-threatening injuries. She remains hospitalized.

Seaman said the gift and all of the support has touched him more than words can express.

"Just thank you. When they reach out to me, they say 'Thank you is never enough' and now I feel like I can't say thank you enough. You know, their support has uplifted me. It's uplifted my wife, my family, and everybody that it has affected," said Seaman. "There are 1,300-plus kids that go to that school and they all have parent and grandparents and aunts and uncles and every reach out of support supports them too, so just thank you from the bottom of my heart."

Seaman said the new car will likely go to his wife, whose current vehicle is 13 years old.

"It's been a really nice car. It might be on its way out now," he said. "So we will see. We will have to play that by ear. I might get to keep it until I go home and then the fight will be on and we will see who it (goes) to. I don't know yet."

"I am. Nicest car I've ever had, that's for sure," his wife laughed.

Ed Napleton Auto Group said they are also donating $25 of every vehicle sold at all four of their Indianapolis-area dealerships through Father's Day to a fund to help in Whistler's recovery.