The teacher was identified as Jason Seaman by the Indianapolis Star and other local media. "We will spend the next days and weeks processing what happened and why", the Whistler family statement said.
Another student also in the classroom at the time of the attack told told Fox 59 Seaman "swatted" the guns away from student shooter before tackling him to the ground. Seaman's mother Kristi said in a Facebook message her son was in good condition following surgery. By Saturday he had been discharged from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and was photographed at Noblesville West Middle School shaking hands with U.S. Rep. Susan W. Brooks.
"[The gunman] took about four to five maybe six shots, one of them hitting a girl that was about 10 feet from me", a student who asked not to be identified told CBS4 in Indianapolis.
ESPN noted that Seaman was a defensive end at Southern Illinois University from 2007 to 2010.
Jacob Long, an eighth-grader, said students throughout the school were crying in their classrooms while teachers took off their belts to tether doors.More news: Rafa Nadal storms past Denis Shapovalov into the quarter-finals
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IndyStar is getting conflicting information about how Seaman intervened, but many students and their parents have said he saved the lives of his students.
"I want to let everyone know that I was injured but am doing great", the statement said.
Former SIU-Head Coach and Current Acting Director of Athletics, Jerry Kill, said he is absolutely not surprised by what Seaman did.
"I have no words because it was such an fantastic act of caring", she said.
Two people were injured in a shooting at a school in the USA state of in on Friday, with a suspect taken into custody, police said. "You could always trust him to do the right thing". In 2018 alone, there have already been 17 shootings - the highest number during any year since at least 1999, according to a Washington Post database that tracks such attacks.
He was transported following the shooting Friday (May 25) morning at Noblesville West Middle School. In the immediate aftermath, students were taken to the Noblesville High School gym for their families to recover them.