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Teacher who helped stop Indiana school shooting played DE at Southern Illinois

Jason Seaman played at SIU from 2007-2010. (Via Southern Illinois)

The science teacher who helped stop a school shooting Friday in Noblesville, Indiana, is a former college football player at Southern Illinois University.

Ex-defensive end Jason Seaman is credited with helping stop the shooter at Noblesville West Middle School. He was shot three times and is currently hospitalized. Southern Illinois tweeted that he was in good condition after surgery. He was at SIU from 2007-2010.



According to law enforcement, the suspected shooter, a male student, was excused from class. He left the classroom and then returned with two handguns. A student was also shot and the suspected shooter was apprehended.

Jeremy Seaman told the Indianapolis Star that he wasn’t surprised at all to hear of his brother’s actions during the shooting.

“It’s not surprising, to be honest,” Jeremy Seaman told the Star. “He’s not really ever been the person to run away. When the safety of the kids is at hand, it’s not surprising to me that he was going to do what he had to do.”

Jason Seaman said in a statement Friday evening that he is recovering well.


The Noblesville shooting is the second school shooting in eight days. A male student confessed to a shooting that killed 10 people and injured 13 at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, on May 18. The father of the Santa Fe shooter said his son was bullied and it helped spur his actions. 

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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