Teacher who stopped attack says he had to save students - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Teacher who stopped attack says he had to save students

Posted: Updated:
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. -

A suburban Indianapolis teacher who was shot while tackling and disarming a student inside his classroom said Monday that his swift decisions “were the only acceptable actions” to save his seventh-grade students.

Jason Seaman, speaking publicly for the first time since the shooting Friday, thanked the Noblesville community for its support and stressed that he wanted the focus to be on the other person shot during the incident: 13-year-old student Ella Whistler, who was seriously wounded.

“Her courage and strength at such a young age is nothing short of remarkable,” Seaman said during a news conference at the school district’s administrative building. “We all should continue to keep her in our minds as she continues to recover.”

School officials said Monday that Ella was improving and making progress while recovering at an Indianapolis hospital. Her family has said she was in critical but stable condition following the shooting, though no other details about her injuries have been released.

Seaman is credited with stopping an armed student who entered his classroom at Noblesville West Middle School. Witnesses said the 29-year-old former college football player ran toward bullets as he tackled the student. Seaman was shot three times, according to his brother.

“I want to make it clear that my actions on that day, in my mind, were the only acceptable actions I could have done given the circumstances,” Seaman said Monday. “I deeply care for my students and their well-being. That is why I did what I did that day.”

Seaman, who was released from the hospital Saturday, didn’t appear to show any pain or other sign of his injuries during the news conference. He spoke for just a few minutes and declined to answer questions from reporters.

He wore a white T-shirt emblazoned with the message: “#NOBStrong. You are the reason I teach.” His shirt also showed the wounded student’s initials, EW.

Police have said the shooter was quickly arrested following the shooting and didn’t appear to be injured. His name hasn’t been released.

“We’re so grateful for Jason’s quick and brave actions,” Noblesville Schools Superintendent Beth Niedermeyer said during the news conference. “He put his own life in danger for his students. That alone tells you about his character and his big heart.”

A school nurse and a school resource officer immediately provided medial attention to the injured, said Noblesville West Middle School Principal Stacey Shaw.

“Jason Seaman is a hero, no doubt. But he is only one of the heroes I saw on this day,” Shaw said.

After the news conference, Seaman attended a Noblesville High School baseball game, high-fiving students, including many who cried when they saw him for the first time since the shooting.

An online fundraiser for Seaman started by a high school student totaled more than $72,000 by midday Monday, surpassing the original goal of $55,000. Donations ranged from $10 to more than $3,000.

“We endured a horrific and senseless tragedy,” Niedermeyer said, adding that support coming in from across the country has been a “source of strength and beauty during this ugly tragedy.”

The school district will provide counseling throughout the summer and into next school year, Niedermeyer said. The middle school was scheduled to remain closed Tuesday to provide counseling for students, staff and their families.

The Noblesville Police Department said it will have officers at every Noblesville school this week “to offer some reassurance that we are doing as much as we can to put them at ease as they finish the school year.”

___

Associated Press reporter Ed White in Detroit contributed to this report.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Man run over by lawn mower while trying to kill son with chainsaw

    Man run over by lawn mower while trying to kill son with chainsaw

    Monday, October 15 2018 7:38 PM EDT2018-10-15 23:38:29 GMT

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - A man who police say was run over with a lawn mower while trying to kill his son with a chain saw has had to have his leg amputated. The Bristol Herald Courier reports that a warrant for 76-year-old Douglas Ferguson couldn’t be served until Tuesday because of the severity of his injuries.

    >>

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - A man who police say was run over with a lawn mower while trying to kill his son with a chain saw has had to have his leg amputated. The Bristol Herald Courier reports that a warrant for 76-year-old Douglas Ferguson couldn’t be served until Tuesday because of the severity of his injuries.

    >>
  • Pullman Police issue 'Attempt to Locate' for 'WSU Popcorn Guy'

    Pullman Police issue 'Attempt to Locate' for 'WSU Popcorn Guy'

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 1:48 PM EDT2018-10-16 17:48:10 GMT

    PULLMAN, Wash. - It's a moment that proudly lives in WSU football history.  September 28, 2013.  WSU is losing to Stanford. The score isn't important, but let's just say it was a lot. Ok, fine. It was 41-3 early in the 4th quarter.

    >>

    PULLMAN, Wash. - It's a moment that proudly lives in WSU football history.  September 28, 2013.  WSU is losing to Stanford. The score isn't important, but let's just say it was a lot. Ok, fine. It was 41-3 early in the 4th quarter. The cameras of ESPN turned their attention to one lonely Coug fan in the 300 level.  There was one man. His feet were reclined, his arms were sprawled.

    >>
  • 39-year-old Spokane Valley man arrested for sexually assaulting 12-year-old girl

    39-year-old Spokane Valley man arrested for sexually assaulting 12-year-old girl

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 2:20 PM EDT2018-10-16 18:20:11 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office says they have arrested a 39-year-old man for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl.  Last month, detectives received information from the Post Falls Police Department naming Jeffrey A. Christenot as a suspect in the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl in 2015-2016. The information stated Christenot confessed to the crimes in a video that had been posted to Facebook. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office says they have arrested a 39-year-old man for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl.  Last month, detectives received information from the Post Falls Police Department naming Jeffrey A. Christenot as a suspect in the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl in 2015-2016. The information stated Christenot confessed to the crimes in a video that had been posted to Facebook. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Arrest made in molestation of miniature horse in Delaware

    Arrest made in molestation of miniature horse in Delaware

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 4:00 PM EDT2018-10-16 20:00:08 GMT

    Delaware State Police have charged a suspect in the sexual assault of a miniature horse and a subsequent burglary at the same barn several weeks later.    Authorities said Tuesday that 45-year-old Adelio Guzman of Camden was released on $11,750 bond after surrendering Friday.    Guzman is accused of assaulting the horse in August at a home near Dover. 

    >>

    Delaware State Police have charged a suspect in the sexual assault of a miniature horse and a subsequent burglary at the same barn several weeks later.    Authorities said Tuesday that 45-year-old Adelio Guzman of Camden was released on $11,750 bond after surrendering Friday.    Guzman is accused of assaulting the horse in August at a home near Dover. 

    >>
  • 39-year-old Spokane Valley man arrested for sexually assaulting 12-year-old girl

    39-year-old Spokane Valley man arrested for sexually assaulting 12-year-old girl

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 2:20 PM EDT2018-10-16 18:20:11 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office says they have arrested a 39-year-old man for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl.  Last month, detectives received information from the Post Falls Police Department naming Jeffrey A. Christenot as a suspect in the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl in 2015-2016. The information stated Christenot confessed to the crimes in a video that had been posted to Facebook. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office says they have arrested a 39-year-old man for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl.  Last month, detectives received information from the Post Falls Police Department naming Jeffrey A. Christenot as a suspect in the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl in 2015-2016. The information stated Christenot confessed to the crimes in a video that had been posted to Facebook. 

    >>
  • Mississippi officials investigate toddler found dead in oven

    Mississippi officials investigate toddler found dead in oven

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 2:17 PM EDT2018-10-16 18:17:40 GMT

    A grandmother is being questioned after her dead granddaughter was found inside a heated oven in a Mississippi town.    Bolivar County Sheriff Kelvin Williams tells local news outlets the 20-month-old girl had also been stabbed when she was found dead Monday night in Shaw.    The grandmother isn't currently charged but Williams describes her as being in custody. Officials haven't named her or the toddler.    

    >>

    A grandmother is being questioned after her dead granddaughter was found inside a heated oven in a Mississippi town.    Bolivar County Sheriff Kelvin Williams tells local news outlets the 20-month-old girl had also been stabbed when she was found dead Monday night in Shaw.    The grandmother isn't currently charged but Williams describes her as being in custody. Officials haven't named her or the toddler.    

    >>