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Student victim of Indiana middle school shooting in critical condition

by Leigh Jones
Posted 5/26/18, 08:12 am

UPDATE: A middle school student shot Friday by a classmate remains in critical condition at an Indianapolis hospital, according to police. Officials have not released her name or age. The teacher also shot in the incident, identified as 29-year-old Jason Seaman, is in good condition. Police have kept mum on any details about their injuries. A male student shot both of them in a science classroom on Friday. He didn’t suffer any injuries before police took him into custody. Other students in the class said Seaman tackled the gunman almost as soon as he entered the classroom, preventing more casualties.

UPDATE (2:30 p.m., 5/25/18): One of the students who survived the shooting Friday at an Indiana middle school credits his teacher with preventing more bloodshed. The still unidentified student gunman pulled out a gun and began shooting after walking into class late. The other students were busy taking a test. “Our science teacher immediately ran at him, swatted a gun out of his hand, and tackled him to the ground,” said Seventh-grader Ethan Stonebraker. “If it weren’t for him, more of us would have been injured for sure.” Noblesville Police Chief Kevin Jowitt said the attacker asked to be excused from class and then returned with two handguns. He shot the teacher and another student before being subdued. Jowitt did not confirm Stonebraker’s account of the teacher’s involvement in ending the attack. Another student told reporters he counted 16 shots during the incident. Officials still haven’t offered any information about the extent of the victims’ injuries.

OUR EARLIER REPORT (1 p.m., 5/25/18)): Police arrested an Indiana middle school student Friday morning after he allegedly shot a classmate and a teacher. Officials have released few other details about the incident at Noblesville West Middle School, including the severity of the injuries, the weapons used, or a possible motive. Shortly after announcing the arrest, police said they believed the suspect acted alone and students did not face an ongoing threat. School officials took the 1,300 students from grades 6-8 to a nearby high school where their parents picked them up. The shooting in Noblesville, about 20 miles northeast of Indianapolis, comes a week after a high school student shot and killed eight students and two teachers in Santa Fe, Texas.

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Leigh Jones

Leigh lives in Houston with her husband and daughter. She is the news editor for The World and Everything in It and reports on education for WORLD Digital.

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  • CJ
    Posted: Fri, 05/25/2018 03:26 pm

    This will keep happening as long as the mainstream media continues to exonerate these cold blooded murderers by placing blame everywhere else but on the killer. 

  • Glong
    Posted: Fri, 05/25/2018 04:01 pm

    I do not understand why schools do not have metal detectors.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 05/25/2018 09:47 pm

    Same here.  It’s expensive if you consider how many school buildings there are in the US.  But cheap if you consider each school district can pay for coverage for their own facilities. Our kids are worth it, are they not?

    And, of most importance, Thank You Lord for having that courageous teacher there!

  • Allen Johnson
    Posted: Sat, 05/26/2018 03:31 pm

    I've been re-reading Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel's classic book, "The Prophets: An Introduction," about the Old Testament prophets. I came across these words that I believe speak to the gun violence (and other moral malaise) in our society.

    "Above all, the prophets remind us of the moral state of a people: Few are guilty, but all are responsible. If we admit that the individual is in some measure conditioned or affected by the spirit of society, an individual’s crime discloses society’s corruption. In a community not indifferent to suffering, uncompromisingly impatient with cruelty and falsehood, continually concerned for God and every man, crime would be infrequent rather than common."