'The Only Acceptable Action' -- Teacher Recounts Heroic Actions In Taking Down School Shooter


Jason Seaman, the heroic Indiana teacher who took three bullets while bringing down a school shooter Friday, said his actions were the “only acceptable” ones he could have made.

“I want to make it clear that my actions on that day, in my mind, were the only acceptable actions I could have done given the circumstances,” Seaman told reporters at a news conference Monday, addressing the shooting at Noblesville West Middle School.

“I deeply care for my students and their well-being. That is why I did what I did that day,” the 29-year-old former college football player added.

Seaman reportedly threw a basketball at the alleged gunman, a student at the school, before rushing and tackling him and swatting away the two handguns the teenager was wielding.

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Seaman was shot three times in the melee — in the hip, arm, and stomach. He was treated and released from the hospital on Saturday.

The seventh grade science teacher praised 13-year-old Ella Whistler, the other victim of Friday’s shooting.

“I can’t say enough how proud of Ella I am and how we all should be,” Seaman said.

“Her courage and strength at such a young age is nothing short of remarkable, and we should all continue to keep her in our minds as she continues to recover.”

Whistler’s family released a statement on Friday night which read in part, “Our daughter, Ella Whistler … is doing well at Riley Hospital for Children. Her status is critical, yet we are pleased to report she is stable.”

“We’d like to thank everyone across the country who prayed for our family today,” the family added. “We’ve felt those prayers and appreciate each of them. We’d also like to thank the first responders, Noblesville police, Indiana State Police and the medical staff and surgeons at Riley.”

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WTHR photojournalist Jim Johnston, who covered Friday’s shooting, grew up with Seaman in Illinois.

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When he learned of his friend’s actions, his response was simply, “That’s Jason.”

“That’s who he is. He’s going to be the guy that runs into those situations and protects those kids,” Johnston said.

GoFundMe sites have been set up for both Seaman and Whistler to help with medical expenses.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 3,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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