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Teacher hailed as hero of Noblesville shooting, thanks the students

A science teacher at Noblesville West Middle School is being called a hero after reportedly tackling the shooter inside of a classroom.

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WTHR) – A science teacher at Noblesville West Middle School is being called a hero after reportedly tackling the shooter inside of a classroom.

The male suspect asked to be excused from class around 9 a.m. Friday, according to police, and then returned with two handguns. That's when teacher Jason Seaman reportedly tackled him.

Seaman was shot three times in the process and had to be taken to the hospital. The 29-year-old was operated on but has since gotten out of surgery and, according to police, was listed in "good" condition as of 8 p.m. Sources say he could be released as early as Saturday.

Seaman has released a statement to the public.

Abbie Tank, who says Seaman was her teacher in seventh grade, tweeted Friday afternoon the teacher "always told us he would take a bullet for anyone of his students."


A 13-year-old female student was also hurt and hospitalized in critical condition. The suspect was quickly apprehended and is in police custody.

Seaman is a husband and father of two, including a newborn. Before becoming a teacher in Noblesville, he played football at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale from 2007-2010.