The heroic teacher who tackled a shooter at Noblesville West Middle School on Friday spoke out for the first time from a hospital bed.
The suspected shooter, a student at the school, reportedly entered the classroom and opened fire. One witness said he shot one girl before Mr. Seaman charged him and tackled him to the ground.
In a true show of character, the teacher, identified as Jason Seaman, thanked first responders before anyone else in his first public statement.
"First of all, thank you to the first responders from Noblesville and Fishers for their immediate action and care,” he said. “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."
A Facebook account reportedly belonging to Seaman’s mother revealed the hero teacher was possibly shot three times and required surgery.
"Please pray for my son Jason. This morning there was a shooting at his high school Noblesville West Jr. High,” the Facebook post stated. “He was hit 3 times & is undergoing surgery now. We are told he is in good condition but haven't gotten to see him yet. I thank God that no one was killed."
A boy who was reportedly in the class recalled the terrifying incident in an interview.
"If it wasn't for him, more of us could have been injured, for sure," the boy said. "We could have been killed, anything... Something bad (could have happened) to us."
Thank God for heroes like Jason Seaman.