Most schools in America do not have an active shooter response team on site made up of armed and trained teachers and school resource officers yet, but for many people, the need for such common sense school security measures is growing by the day as mass shootings rise in number.
One unarmed teacher was forced to take on an attacker with his bare hands Friday morning. Willing to put his life on the life to protect his students and coworkers, football coach and science teacher Jeremy Seaman managed to keep anyone from getting killed while sustaining serious injuries himself, the IndyStar reported.
According to ABC News, police say a student at Noblesville West Middle School entered his classroom with two handguns and opened fire. The school is located just north of Indianapolis.
13-year-old witness Ethan Stonebraker recalled, "He pulled the gun out of his pocket and everyone started screaming and trying to get behind stuff, like the desks and tables. And he started shooting.”
That’s when Seaman, the class teacher, threw a basketball at him to divert his attention and made his move.
Ethan continued his horrifying account, saying, "Immediately Mr. Seaman was yelling and running right at him and tackled him to the ground. I was trying to stay crouched behind the back table, but also see what’s going on and that’s when [Mr. Seaman] was running right at him with this arms in front of him, and then he just tackled him against the wall.”
"Then they were on the ground after [Mr. Seaman] swatted the gun from him and he just laid on the shooter so he couldn’t do anything," he concluded.
Authorities arrived and arrested the unnamed gunman. Seaman himself was critically injured after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds as he rushed at the attacker. His family is asking for prayers for his recovery.
After his surgery, Seaman made a statement saying, "First of all, thank you to the first responders from Noblesville and Fishers for their immediate action and care. I want to let everyone know that I was injured but am doing great. To all students, you are all wonderful and I thank you for your support. You are the reason I teach."
Ethan called his teacher a hero, saying, “he did something that most people would never dare to do.”
He added that "when it happens you want it to somehow be prevented from happening again. You want laws passed or more security."
Ethan isn’t the only young survivor seeing a need for better security at schools. A 16-year-old Santa Fe, Texas student spoke with Gov. Greg Abbott this week about the need for armed teachers. She confronted him following a vigil for the students and teachers injured and killed at her school in one of the worst mass shootings this year.
“If you can’t trust the teachers with a way to protect us, who are you going to trust?” Erin Werner explained. “Even with the best police force ever, you can’t get there fast enough.”