On Friday morning, a male middle school student entered his classroom after a bathroom break with two handguns on him. He opened fire on the room, shooting a 13-year-old girl. The science teacher instructing the class didn’t just stand back or take cover during the incident. Instead, he took action, tackling the gunman to the ground.
A male student at Noblesville West Middle School in Indiana asked if he could leave the classroom for a bathroom break. When he returned, he had two handguns with him and opened fire on the classroom.
When shots rang out, terrified students began seeking cover, hiding out in closets and sending emails to their loved ones.
One student stated, according to a report by RTV 6, “When [the gunman] walked in, he had this weird look on his face.”
“He reached into his right pocket and pulled out a handheld gun. He took about 4 to 5 shots, not aimed at anyone specifically like he was waving his hand around.”
Jason Seaman, a 7th grade teacher at the school, confronted the shooter. As he wrestled the gunman to the ground, Seaman was shot three times.
One student who witnessed Seaman’s actions said the teacher was attempting to save the lives of the children in the room.
Another student stated that Seaman “bravely swatted that gun away from the gunman’s hands, saving everyone else in that room.”
Family members of Seaman said he is going “well” and revealed that he had undergone surgery to treat his injuries.
Kristi Seaman, the teacher’s mother, said on Facebook, “Jason is out of surgery and is doing well. 3 shots – 1 through the abdomen, 1 in the hip & 1 in the forearm.”
“PLEASE pray for the student that was also shot,” she added.
After the suspect was taken into custody, the remaining 1,300 students were evacuated and taken to nearby Noblesville West High School on buses to be reunited with their families.
The identity of the shooter, who is a minor, has not been released, though he is believed to be 12 or 13 years old.
Charges have yet to be filed for the shooting. According to law enforcement, they might not be filed until as late as Tuesday due to the Memorial Day holiday.