Noblesville Police Department has confirmed that a teacher and child suffered gunshot wounds during an active shooter situation at West Middle School, near Morse Reservoir.
The science teacher reportedly tackled the shooter and "bravely swatted that gun away from the gunman's hand, saving everyone else in that room".
As it turns out, Jason Seaman is just the man you need when you want someone tackled: he formerly played college football, as a defensive end for Southern Illinois University's Salukis, and is also a football coach at Noblesville.
Seaman was struck three times and underwent surgery, according to a Facebook post by his mother.
Police said a male student asked to be excused from class before returning with the guns, and investigators believe he acted alone.
The shooting occurred shortly after 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT) at the school about 25 miles (40 km) northeast of Indianapolis, and authorities said the school was placed on lockdown.
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After Friday's shooting, Carly Novel, a Marjory Stoneman student, tweeted: "Noblesville Middle School students I am so sorry".
Among the anxious parents who rushed to get their kids was Erica Higgins, who told WTHR-TV that she learned of the shooting from a relative who called her at home.
When asked to elaborate on his praise of the response, Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said: "Wait 'til one day we can tell you that story". "My prayers are w/the Noblesville community, especially those who are injured & those who witnessed an active shooter situation- something no one should ever have to go through. When it comes down to it, we come to the realization of 'What do we do?'" Barnes said, speaking of the ongoing investigation. To all the students, you are all wonderful & I thank you for your support. "We have multiple officers and a command post established at the high school and they are diligently ensuring the safety of the students and the staff".
"She kept saying, 'I saw my teacher get shot, '" Lovall said.
Vedder said when he heard on the news that the injured teacher was a seventh-grade science teacher, "I knew it had to be him". "You are the reason I teach".
Erica Higgins was at Noblesville High School to pick up her son after Friday morning's shooting at Noblesville West Middle School, which she learned about at home when a relative called her.
"Our thoughts are with all those affected by this frightful situation", he said, adding that about 100 State Police officers had been made available to work with local responders. The middle school has about 1,300 students in grades 6-8.