Hero Ind. Teacher: Actions Were 'Only Acceptable' Options to Save Kids

Whistler family shows Ella Whistler. Whistler was shot in a classroom Friday

The injured middle school teacher who tackled a gunman in his in classroom said, "my actions on that day, in my mind, were the only acceptable actions I could have done given the circumstances".

Seaman also thanked a Noblesville High School student who set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for his medical bills.

"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 said in a video conference shared by CBS News.

"I can't say enough how proud of Ella I am and how we all should be", said Seaman.

Seaman threw a basketball at the shooter and ran toward the bullets as screaming students sought cover, Stonebraker said. He says he acted because he cares deeply about his students.

Vice President Mike Pence, the former governor of IN, also credited the teacher's "courageous action" for saving lives during the shooting at the suburban Indianapolis school.

Jason Seaman spoke publicly for the first time since the shooting Friday, thanking the Noblesville community for its support.




"We're so grateful for Jason's quick and fearless actions on Friday".

"The students reacted competently and courageously in following the training their teachers provided them", Swan said.

"We are stronger together, and we will continue to amaze you".

Jason Seaman spoke publicly Monday for the first time, three days after he tackled and disarmed a student with a gun at Noblesville West Middle School. She also gave an update on Whistler.

Janna Lynas of Noblesville, whose son was coached by Seaman in football, said the teacher is a hero "and everyone here feels it". The school district's superintendent says Ella is making progress in her recovery while hospitalized in Indianapolis.

Seaman played for Southern Illinois from 2007 to 2010 as a defensive end, tallying 88 tackles and eight sacks with two forced fumbles in 47 games for the Salukis. "That alone tells you about his character and his big heart". That school will be open from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.to provide counseling to students and their families. His actions saved the lives of many kids that were present in his class today.

The attack came a week after a shooting at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, that killed eight students and two teachers, and months after the high school attack that killed 17 people in Parkland, Florida.

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