IN teacher who stopped attack says he had to save students

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A suburban Indianapolis teacher who was shot while tackling and disarming a student inside his classroom said Monday that his swift decisions "were the only acceptable actions" to save his seventh-grade students.

On Friday, a male student reportedly brought two handguns into Noblesville West Middle School and started firing.

"My actions on that day, in my mind, were the only acceptable actions I could have done given the circumstances", he added.

He says he's still processing what happened.

Noblesville Superintendent Beth Niedemeyer says the community "endured a horrific and senseless tragedy".

Although he has been lauded a hero, Seaman said that he is "a person who isn't looking for attention" and that he "did what [he] did that day" because he "deeply care [s] for [his] students and their well-being".

A police officer assigned to the school was on duty and in the building, according to police, but students say it was Seaman, a former college football player, who subdued the attacker.

Principal Stacey Swan echoed Niedermeyer's comments, saying she witnessed so much strength and courage on Friday.

Thanks to very courageous Teacher & Hero Jason Seaman of Noblesville, Indiana, for his heroic act in saving so many precious young lives.

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Niedermeyer added that she is "so grateful for Jason's quick and fearless actions".

Ella Whistler was shot in a classroom Friday at Noblesville (Ind.) West Middle School near Indianapolis.

Janna Lynas of Noblesville, whose son was coached by Seaman in football, said the teacher is a hero "and everyone here feels it".

"We are stronger together, and we will continue to amaze you".

Seaman suffered three gunshot wounds, as students claimed that he had "immediately ran at him [the gunman], swatted a gun out of his hand and tackled him to the ground". Seaman played for Southern Illinois from 2007-10. "That alone tells you about his character and his big heart".

If not for his Seaman's heroics, one student told reporters, "more of us could have been injured, for sure".

Students were bused to the Noblesville High School gym, where hundreds of parents and other family members arrived to retrieve them.

Students are loaded onto school buses at Noblesville West Middle School in Noblesville, Ind., after reports of a shooting, May 25, 2018.