By KEN KUSMER | The Associated Press
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) – A suburban Indianapolis teacher who was shot while attacking a student in his classroom and disarmed his swift decisions "were the only acceptable measures" to his To save seventh grade students.
Jason Seaman, who spoke publicly for the first time since the shoot on Friday, thanked the Noblesville community for his support, stressing that he wanted to focus on it. During the incident, the other person was shot dead: the 13-year-old Student Ella Whistler, who was seriously injured.
"Your courage and strength at such a young age are nothing short of remarkable," Seaman said during a press conference in the school administration building. "We should continue to hold her in our heads as she continues to recover."
Heads of State said Monday that Ella was getting better and progressing while recovering at a hospital in Indianapolis. Her family said she was in a critical but stable condition after the shootout, although no further details about her injuries were released.
Seaman is credited with stopping an armed student entering his classroom at Noblesville West Middle School. Witnesses said the 29-year-old former college football player ran towards bullets as he attacked the student. Seaman was shot three times, according to his brother
"I want to make it clear that I think that my actions on that day were the only acceptable action I could have taken in the circumstances," Seaman said Monday. "I'm very concerned about my students and their well-being, so I did what I did that day."
Seaman, who was released from the hospital on Saturday, did not seem to have any pain or other signs of his during the press conference Show injuries. He only spoke for a few minutes, refusing to answer questions from reporters.
He was wearing a white T-shirt with the inscription: "#NOBStrong, you're the reason why I'm teaching." His shirt also showed the wounded student's initials, EW.
The police said the shooter was quickly arrested after the shootings and does not appear to be injured. His name was not published.
"We are so grateful for Jason's quick and courageous actions," said Noblesville Schools Superintendent Beth Niedermeyer during the press conference. "He has endangered his life for his students, which alone tells of his character and his great heart."
A school nurse and a school information officer immediately provided media attention for the injured, said Noblesville West Middle School director Stacey Shaw.
"Jason Seaman is a hero, no doubt, but he's just one of the heroes I saw that day," Shaw said.
After the press conference, Seaman attended a high school baseball game at Noblesville High School, including many who cried when they saw him The first time since the shoot
An online fundraiser for Seaman started by a high school student reached more than $ 72,000 by Monday lunchtime, surpassing its original target of $ 55,000. Donations ranged from $ 10 to more than $ 3,000
"We have suffered a terrible and meaningless tragedy," said Niedermeyer, adding that support from across the country was a "source of strength and beauty during this ugly tragedy." , 19659004]The school district will accompany the summer and the next school year in an advisory capacity, said Niedermeyer. The middle school should be closed on Tuesday to help students, staff and their families.
The Noblesville police said they will have officers at every Noblesville school this week, "to assure them that we're doing just as much. We can reassure them when they finish the term."
Associated Press reporter Ed White in Detroit has contributed to this report.