Teacher hailed as hero of Noblesville shooting, thanks the students

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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.

In this undated photo, provided by Southern Illinois University, Jason Seaman, a defensive end for the SIU football team, participates in a game in Carbondale, Ill.  (Southern Illinois University via AP)
In this undated photo, provided by Southern Illinois University, Jason Seaman, a defensive end for the SIU football team, participates in a game in Carbondale, Ill. (Southern Illinois University via AP)

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.