Jandra Sutton
May 26, 2018 10:33 am
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It’s with extremely heavy hearts we report there was a school shooting at Noblesville West Middle School in Indiana on Friday, May 25th. Just a week after 10 people were killed and several others were injured in the Santa Fe High School shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, a middle school student opened fire in his classroom. The Noblesville school shooting happened early Friday morning after the shooter reportedly asked to be excused from his science classroom. Then he returned to class with two handguns. He opened fire in the classroom, wounding a 13-year-old girl. Science teacher Jason Seaman heroically intervened, likely saving countless lives.

According to seventh-grader Ethan Stonebraker, who was in the classroom while the shooting took place, his teacher threw a basketball at the shooter and rushed him — sustaining several gunshot wounds in the process — in order to subdue him. The shooter was quickly arrested.

“Our science teacher immediately ran at him, swatted a gun out of his hand and tackled him to the ground,” Stonebraker told ABC News. “If it weren’t for him, more of us would have been injured for sure.”

Seaman, the 29-year-old science teacher and football coach, is definitely a hero. According to Noblesville police, Seaman is in good condition and the female student is still in critical condition.

Another student shared their story from the Noblesville school shooting, and Seaman’s actions definitely saved lives.

While we’re grateful that Seaman’s heroic actions likely saved lives, it’s so upsetting that the Noblesville school shooting happened in the first place.

This happened in a middle school. School shootings should not be commonplace occurrences, but that’s the reality in which we somehow find ourselves. And honestly? That’s not okay.

Students — children — live in fear of dying in a school shooting. And we fail them every day that we allow our lawmakers to continue to do nothing. Gun violence is an epidemic in this country, and thoughts and prayers, while appreciated, aren’t enough.

Join us in demanding common sense gun reform by texting ‘RESIST’ to 50409 to contact your elected representatives, or check out these organizations fighting to end gun violence. Enough is enough.

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