NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – The teacher who tackled a shooter at Noblesville West Middle School and swatted the gun away has been identified by numerous parents and students as seventh-grade science teacher and middle school football coach Jason Seaman, according to WXIN.
A seventh-grader who was in the classroom where the shooting took place told WXIN the students were in class when the suspected shooter asked to be excused. He later returned with two handguns and opened fire. Students said a 13-year-old girl was hit.
That’s when Seaman tackled the shooter and swatted the gun away from him, possibly saving others from getting injured.
Police say the injured student and Seaman were taken to separate hospitals. Officials said they will not yet release their conditions.
A student who wished to not be identified told WXIN he was in the classroom and sitting near a student who was shot.
"He took about four to five, maybe six shots, one of them hitting a girl that was about 10 feet from me," the student told WXIN. "Mr. Seaman started running at him. He’s a teacher, a science teacher, he tackled him to the ground. We were all hiding in the back of a classroom behind some desks, then he was yelling to call 911, to get out of the building as fast as we could, so we ran down the stairs and just ran down here, we ran down the sidewalk into Prairie Crossing."
The student described his teacher's actions as heroic.
"He’s a hero," the student said. "If he didn’t do anything, he probably would have continued shooting and a lot more of us would have been injured and possibly killed, so it was just something that not most people would have done but he was really brave to do it."
The student said this is the type of person the teacher and football coach is.
"I’d say it's something I’d see from him. He would do this type of thing. He’s a really good guy," he said.
Seaman played football for Southern Illinois University.
Head SIU football coach Nick Hill played a season with Seaman.
"He was a great teammate, one of the team's hardest workers. You could always trust him to do the right thing," Hill said.