Indiana teacher who tackled shooter will return in fall
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — The teacher who was shot while tackling an armed student at a suburban Indianapolis middle school said he will return to teach at the school in the fall.
Fort Wayne's NBC previously reported that a 13-year-old student Ella Whistler and science teacher Jason Seaman were both shot by a student shooter at Noblesville West Middle School on Friday, May 25.
Student witness Ethan Stonebraker told ABC News that Seaman threw a basketball at the shooter and ran toward the gunfire to tackle the suspect. Police said that it could have been far worse if Seaman didn't intervene.
Jason Seaman told The Indianapolis Star "it didn't bother" him to visit the scene of the shooting on June 1, the last day of the school year. He returned to the room at Noblesville West Middle School after students had departed.
Seaman received a new car Wednesday from an Indianapolis-area dealer for his heroism. He says he visits injured student Ella Whistler each week in the hospital.
Ella Whistler was shot seven times in the face, neck, hand, and upper chest. Her parents said after undergoing life-saving surgery, she is continuing to make progress but "faces a long road to recovery."
Following the shooting, several GoFundMe pages were started to help the Whistler family and teacher Jason Seaman. GoFundMe accounts have been made to help her family with medical expenses and to help Ella "physically and emotionally" during her recovery. There is also a GoFundMe page for Seaman as well.
Seaman says "without a doubt" he'll return to the school in the fall.