Teachers are not trained law enforcement officers. Some may be ex-military, but the large majority aren't. The large majority had no idea they'd ever be in the situation that has become almost a weekly occurrence in 2018. According to an article by the Washington Post:
"More people have been killed at schools this year than have been killed while deployed as members of the military."
No one expects teachers to risk their lives to disarm a disturbed adolescent with the intention to mass murder their classmates. And even though most teachers would do anything to protect their students, instincts take over in the middle of a crisis. When someone starts shooting inside a school, most teachers would have the instinct to hide their students behind desks, lock the door, and/or evacuate the building, following school lockdown instructions. But not all teachers.
Jason Seaman, a seventh grade science teacher and football coach at Noblesville West Middle School in Indiana, had no instinct to hide behind a desk when one of his students walked into the classroom with 2 handguns, opening fire on him and his kids. Instead, he hurled a basketball at the armed student, and then bum rushed the 17-year-old to the ground, taking 3 bullets in the process — one in the hip, one in the forearm, and one in the abdomen. Talk about BRAVERY. Talk about living up to your promise to take a bullet to protect your students. Mr. Seaman took three.
According to a Facebook status update from his mother, Jason is stable and recovering:
He deserves all the praise and honor that the world is showing, and WAY MORE! Here are a few tweets from students and supporters, honoring this lionhearted teacher, one day after his valiant act of heroism.
“Our science teacher immediately ran at him, swatted a gun out of his hand and tackled him to the ground." Jason Seaman took 3 bullets in the process. It's unbelievable what teachers are asked to do everyday. They should all make minimum 6 figures. #Noblesville #teachers https://t.co/vyYX56qEqX— Chris Cato FOX 13 (@chriscato) May 25, 2018
I remember every time we had a code red drill in 7th grade Mr. Seaman always told us he would take a bullet for anyone of his students and how he would do whatever he could to protect us. What a true hero to live up to that promise. Words can’t describe how much we love you❤️— Abbie Tank (@abbietank) May 25, 2018
A statement from Jason Seaman the Noblesville West Middle school teacher who stopped the shooter. pic.twitter.com/qJgfDYGiKh— Jim Johnston (@JJohnstonWTHR) May 25, 2018
Good morning beautiful people..At some point today read about Mr. Jason Seaman, a teacher at Noblesville West Middle School here in Indiana. He stared down the barrel of a gun, got shot numerous times, & saved countless lives yesterday.. Cheers 2 a real life Super Hero ✊🏻🍻 pic.twitter.com/AI00sPgagN— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) May 26, 2018
Because everyday teachers are heroes & pillars of strength for our communities. Thank you Jason Seaman for your bravery today. May these events stop being the norm.— Roman Nowak (@NowakRo) May 26, 2018
Enough is enough.
Lead with heart. Lead with kindness. #bekindEDU #kidsdeserveit #tlap #LeadLAP #edchat #satchat pic.twitter.com/Ld5HyzYhqI
Thank you Jason Seaman. A true hero. Prayers for a healthy recovery. God bless you sir.— Matt Overton (@MattOverton_LS) May 25, 2018
#Salukis head coach @17NickHill played one season with Jason Seaman, the hero of school shooting in Indiana. “He was a great teammate, one of the team's hardest workers. You could always trust him to do the right thing.” pic.twitter.com/ge1sTSOGTJ— Saluki Football (@SIU_Football) May 25, 2018
Yo why is Jason Seaman not trending rn? My guy had a student roll into class with two guns rdy to pop off and he immediately whipped a basketball at his head and tackled and disarmed him while taking 3 bullets himself. Fucking absolute legend. pic.twitter.com/kcFLV3XpAe— Leon Lush 🍅 (@LeonLush) May 26, 2018
This is Jason Seaman. He is the 7th grade science teacher that put his life on the line to disarm a school shooter on Friday. He was shot 3 times but is doing fine. Plaster his face everywhere. A true hero. https://t.co/1f2oWEV6Fk pic.twitter.com/HHlp0PteUk— Linz DeFranco (@LinzDeFranco) May 26, 2018
Jason Seaman stopped the Noblesville shooter by **throwing a basketball at his head and tackling him through a storage room door!**— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) May 26, 2018
We're gonna need to rename Chuck Norris facts 'Jason Seaman facts' for a while. Absolute hero. h/t @WCIA3Kaitlyn pic.twitter.com/hUjHntapSy
Jason Seaman. THAT is who the media needs to be talking about. THAT is who we need to be glorifying.— Chicks On The Right (@chicksonright) May 25, 2018
We are ALL praying! https://t.co/QwLaviSMQj
“If it weren’t for him, more of us would have been injured for sure.” Student credits Indiana science teacher with stopping shooter. https://t.co/zkjm00nHeQ— AP Central U.S. (@APCentralRegion) May 25, 2018
Indiana 7th grade science teacher Jason Seaman literally took 3 bullets to save his students from another school massacre yesterday, tackling a student, armed with 2 firing handguns, to the ground. 💪🏼❤️ Prayers for a swift recovery for Mr. Seaman, and for the 13 year-old… pic.twitter.com/CSAXmdyeai— Bored Teachers (@Bored_Teachers) May 26, 2018
NRA: It takes a good guy with a gun to take down a bad guy with a gun.— Hydrump (@Hydrump) May 26, 2018
Science teacher Jason Seaman: Hand me that basketball... pic.twitter.com/713Bx2KBWR
Mr. Seaman was one of the best teachers I’ve ever had and the most courageous man I’ve ever met. Please go help him out with his recovery! https://t.co/HPhBOEZGqD— Ben Easters (@beneasters11) May 26, 2018
Make the heroes famous. #JasonSeaman— Chris L. McKenna (@ChrisLMcKenna) May 26, 2018
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