Teacher released from hospital after Noblesville school shooting; student still recovering

Ella Whistler was critically injured in Friday's shooting. Teacher Jason Seaman was released after spending one night in the hospital. (Submitted photos)
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NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WTHR) - Jason Seaman, the 7th grade science teacher who tackled the shooter to the ground during Friday's shooting at Noblesville West Middle School, has been released from the hospital.

Sources confirm to WTHR that Seaman was released Saturday and is continuing his recovery at home.

He was shot three times while tackling the shooter to the ground.

Ella Whistler, the 13-year-old student who was also injured in the shooting, is still recovering at the hospital after going through surgery yesterday at IU Health Riley Hospital for Children.

Her family released a statement about the shooting Friday night:

"Our daughter, Ella Whistler, was involved in a horrific shooting today at her school. We will spend the next days and weeks processing what happened and why. But first, we wanted to say she is doing well at Riley Hospital for Children. Her status is critical, yet we are pleased to report she is stable. We’d like to thank everyone across the country who prayed for our family today. We’ve felt those prayers and appreciate each of them. We’d also like to thank the first responders, Noblesville police, Indiana State Police and the medical staff and surgeons at Riley."

Seaman also acknowledged the quick action of first responders in a statement yesterday, and thanked his students for their support.

"To all the students, you are all wonderful and I thank you for your support. You're the reason I teach."

He tweeted Saturday night encouraging the public to donate to help Whistler.


In addition to that GoFundMe account, you can donate through the Noblesville Schools Education Foundation.

"The kids got to see him be a bit of a superman today,” WTHR photojournalist Jim Johnston said of Seaman. The two grew up together in Illinois.

Johnston was covering the school shooting Friday when he learned his longtime friend was the teacher who witnesses say tackled a student who opened fire.

"That's Jason,” said Johnston. “That's who he is. “He's going to be the guy that runs into those situations and protects those kids."

Students who were in Seaman’s classroom during the chaos talked about his actions.

"Mr Seaman immediately ran at him, swatted a gun out of his hand and tackled him to the ground,” said Ethan Stonebraker. "If it weren't for him, more of us would have been injured for sure and who knows what would have happened.”

Parents said they were also thankful for Seaman’s heroism.

"[Seaman] is one of his favorite teachers, one of the best he has ever had. I just can't say enough that that man is a hero,” said Sarah Wax, a NWMS parent.

Johnston says Seaman wasn't trying to be a hero. It was about his students.

"Talking to him, he loves the kids. He was just doing what he could do for the kids,” said Johnston.