‘For goodness sake, at least keep guns away from juveniles!’
Teacher, teen girl in critical condition after shooting at Noblesville West Middle School, Indiana
Student gunman opened fire in classroom early Friday morning, leaving girl, 13, critically injured
Students in the 7th grade science class said teacher, Jason seaman, 30, averted possible carnage after he brought the student to the ground and ‘swatted’ the gun out of his hand
The shooting happened at Noblesville West Middle School just before 9.06am on Friday morning
The student gunman had been sitting in the class and returned with two handguns after asking to be excused
Seaman, who is also a football coach at the school, was shot as he ‘swatted’ the gun out of the shooter’s hands
After the shooting at Noblesville West Middle School on Friday morning, an Indiana State Police helicopter leaves the school with the school superintendent on board
One Seventh-grader confirmed that the science teacher likely prevented even more injuries by confronting the shooter, who he said pulled out a gun and opened fire after walking in late while the class was taking a test.
“Our science teacher immediately ran at him, swatted a gun out of his hand and tackled him to the ground,” Ethan Stonebraker said.
“If it weren’t for him, more of us would have been injured for sure.”
Indiana University Health spokeswoman Danielle Sirilla said the teacher was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital and the wounded student was taken to Riley Hospital for Children. She didn’t know the seriousness of their injuries.
The attack comes a week after an attack at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, that killed eight students and two teachers, and months after the school attack that killed 17 people in Parkland, Florida. The Florida attack inspired students from that school and others throughout the country to call for more restrictions on access to guns.
Armed police are seen patrolling the school on Friday afternoon after the suspect was taken into custody
After the shooting, students were bused to the Noblesville High School gym, where hundreds of anxious parents and other family members arrived to retrieve them.
Eighth-grader Chris Navarro said he was inside an auditorium when he counted hearing 16 gunshots about a minute before the bell rang for the change in classes.
“The speaker came on and said we were on lockdown and people rushed in and we went to the back of the room. I went into this little room in the back with three other people,” he said.
Another student shaken up by the experience recounted watching the teacher intervene to save the children’s lives after the student pulled out his gun and started firing.
‘She kept saying, “I saw my teacher get shot,” her dad Jeremy Lovall, told The Indy Star.
Noblesville West Middle School was evacuated after the shooter was brought down. The school takes in 1300 students and there are 70 staff members. Children are pictured being bused away from the school after the shooting on Friday morning
Anxious parents and relatives wait outside the gym of a nearby high school, the designated meeting point, after the shooting on Friday to be reunited with their children
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, who was returning from a trip to Europe on Friday, issued a statement saying he and other state leaders were getting updates about the situation and that 100 state police officers had been made available to work with local law enforcement.
“Our thoughts are with all those affected by this horrible situation,” Holcomb said.
Noblesville, which is about 20 miles northeast of Indianapolis, is home to about 50,000 people. The middle school has about 1,300 students from grades 6-8. The school’s academic year was scheduled to end next Friday.
Indiana’s Senate Democrats issued a statement in response to Friday’s school shooting expressing their condolences to the victims and calling for steps to prevent such shootings, including restrictions on guns.