An Indiana middle school science teacher is being lauded as a hero after selflessly throwing himself into danger to protect his students when one opened fire last week in his classroom. For those who know Jason Seaman, it came as no surprise that he would put his life on the line in the situation. In fact, he promised his class during their active-shooter drills that he would do just that.
According to an ABC News report, Seaman, a former defensive end on the Southern Illinois University football team, threw a basketball at the shooter before jumping on top of him. As he attempted to subdue the boy, Seaman was shot three times. Once in the abdomen, once in the leg, and once in the forearm. Despite his injuries, the 29-year-old teacher was discharged from the hospital the next day.
Thanks to very brave Teacher & Hero Jason Seaman of Noblesville, Indiana, for his heroic act in saving so many precious young lives. His quick and automatic action is being talked about all over the world!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2018
“I especially remember that he said he would throw himself on top of the shooter if he had to,” said Molly Miles, one of Seaman’s former students. “He always said that he was willing to sacrifice himself before he was willing to let anything happen to us.”
“We saw one girl fall to the ground and our science teacher immediately ran at him, swatted the gun out of his hand, and tackled him to the ground,” one eyewitness student told 12 News. “If it weren’t for him, more of us would have been injured for sure.”
Seaman teaches seventh-grade at Noblesville West Middle School, as well as coaches the football team. He’s the father of two young children ⏤ a toddler son, and a month-old daughter⏤ and issued a statement shortly after being released from the hospital.
“My actions on that day, in my mind, were the only acceptable actions I could have done,” Seaman said. “I deeply care for my students and their well-being. So that is why I did what I did.”