Hero teacher kept promise to protect students during shooting

NEW YORK POST:

The Indiana science teacher who tackled a young gunman who opened fire in his classroom was true to his word: during active shooter drills, he promised his students he’d always protect them — no matter what, a former pupil said.

“I especially remember that he would throw himself on top of the shooter if he had to — which he proved ,” Molly Miles said about Jason Seaman, who was released from the hospital on Saturday. “He always said that he was willing to sacrifice himself before he was willing to let anything happen to his students.”

Seaman taught Miles, now a freshman at Noblesville High School, at Noblesville West Middle School, where the shooting unfolded Friday just after 9 a.m.

Seaman happened to have a basketball in his hands when a student left the class, and then returned with two handguns blazing, seventh-grader Ethan Stonebraker told ABC News.

He hurled the ball at the shooter to try to limit the carnage, and then ran “right at [him] and tackled him to the ground,” said Stonebraker, 13.

“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.”

Seaman, who is married with two young children, was shot through the abdomen, hip and forearm, according to a Facebook post by his mother.

Seaman’s family confirmed to CBS affiliate WTHR Indianapolis that he was released Saturday afternoon from IU Health Methodist Hospital, and said he is recovering from his injuries at home.

He was pictured at the hospital Saturday smiling before his release.

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