This Student Explains Exactly What Happened When His Brave Teacher Was Shot by a School Shooter 3 Times
The Washington Post notes since Columbine, nearly 200,000 students have been exposed to gun violence at school. And while we’re figuring out how to keep kids safe at school, a few unlikely heroes have stepped in when students needed it most.
During the shooting at Noblesville West Middle School in Indiana, one teacher charged toward the attacker and saved lives. Here’s what happened when the teacher intervened, according to one student (page 5). (And don’t miss out on Trump’s response to the shooting on page 8.)
1. The shooting occurred after 1 student left the classroom and returned with guns
Shortly after the deadly school shooting in Santa Fe, students in one Indiana middle school had to deal with a tragedy of their own. Noblesville West Middle School is just 25 miles east of Indianapolis, CNN reports. And no one expected such a tragedy to occur in the small city of just 60,000.
The violence began after a student requested to leave the classroom. He then allegedly “returned armed with two handguns,” said Chief Kevin Jowitt.
Next: One student explains what was going on in the classroom right before the gunman entered.
2. Student Ethan Stonebraker explains they were taking a test when the gunman entered
It was just an average day for the students in Jason Seaman’s science class. But seventh-grade student Ethan Stonebraker tells CNN that they were in the middle of a test when the shooter entered the classroom with his handguns. Stonebraker explains the assailant shot “four to six times” before he was stopped.
Thankfully, the shooter couldn’t do too much damage before he was disarmed. But one young girl didn’t get away unscathed.
Next: Here’s what happened when one girl was shot.
3. Stonebraker’s classmate was shot and remains in critical condition
Ella Whistler, a 13-year-old who was in the classroom, was shot by the student with the gun. The good news is that she’s doing better every day, WTHR reports.
The news station explains Whistler was hospitalized immediately following the shooting and was reportedly in critical but stable condition. The teacher in the classroom, Jason Seaman, says her courage is “nothing short of remarkable” during this difficult time.
Next: Here’s how the teacher stopped the shooter in his tracks.
4. Teacher Jason Seaman courageously attacked the shooter
Jason Seaman, a middle school teacher in his late 20s, acted quickly when the shooter entered the classroom. And thanks to being physically fit from teaching basketball, he was able to attack the shooter and swat the gun out of his hand.
He didn’t get away without injuries, though. CNN reports his mother posted updates of his condition on Facebook, stating, “Jason is out of surgery and doing well. 3 shots – 1 through the abdomen, 1 in the hip & 1 in the forearm.” Despite being shot three times, he somehow came out of the situation in good condition.
Next: Stonebraker explained what happened when Seaman attacked the gunman.
5. Stonebraker explains how his teacher took out the assailant
According to Stonebraker, Seaman first threw a basketball at the shooter to distract him, WTOP reports. Then, Stonebraker says his teacher ran “with his arms in front of him, and then he just tackled him against the wall.” From here, he was able to dislodge the weapon.
As far as the attacker is concerned, Stonebraker called him “a nice kid most of the times.” He also expressed that he was shocked this student would do something so heinous.
Next: The students in the classroom are thankful for Seaman’s bravery.
6. Without Seaman, many more lives would have been lost
Stonebraker knows just how lucky he was to have a teacher like Seaman step in. While the attacker was being disarmed, Stonebraker notes his classmates and him crouched behind a table for cover, WTOP says. Since the incident, the student has called his teacher “very brave” and a “hero.”
He’s not the only one praising Seaman for his quick action, either. One of Seaman’s fellow football teammates who played with him during the 2007 season told CNN, “You could always trust him to do the right thing.”
Next: Here’s what Seaman had to say.
7. Seaman has released a statement regarding the incident
In his first statements since the incident, Seaman spoke humbly about his heroic acts. “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,” he told CBS News. Seaman also explains that he’s not looking for any sort of special treatment or attention in the aftermath.
“I deeply care for my students and their well-being. That is why I did what I did that day,” he continued.
Next: Trump had a reaction of his own on Twitter.
8. Here’s what Trump had to say on Twitter
Trump gave his praise via Twitter to Seaman for his “heroic act.” “His quick and automatic action is being talked about all over the world!” the tweet added.
While the sentiment is nice, many are wondering if any laws will come out of yet another shooting. Wlfi.com reports local Indiana lawmakers, are hoping to enact change, however. State representative Sally Siegrist says she wants to make adults responsible for this violence if they don’t secure weapons in their home. And representative Sheila Klinker says she hopes to dramatically increase school safety funding. “This is a lesson to be learned for all of us,” Klinker noted.
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