Update: M-S grad confronts Noblesville student shooter

A 2007 Mahomet-Seymour graduate has been hospitalized after a shooting at Noblesville (Ind.) West Middle School this morning.

Jason Seaman, a seventh-grade science teacher and coach, is out of surgery at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, according to a public post by his mother Kristi Seaman. Seaman added that her son had been “hit three times” but she had been told he was in “good condition.”

“Jason is out of surgery and is doing well,” Seaman wrote in a public Facebook post. Her son took three shots — one in the abdomen, hip and forearm, she said.

“He’s a amazing kid,” said district superintendent Lindsey Hall. “We’re all in a state of shock.”

A student told The Associated Press that he saw Seaman tackle a fellow student who fired shots inside the classroom.

Seventh-grader Ethan Stonebraker said the class was taking a test when the student walked in late, pulled out a gun and started firing.

He says the teacher “immediately ran at him, swatted a gun out of his hand and tackled him to the ground.” Stonebraker adds, “if it weren’t for him, more of us would have been injured for sure.”

Seaman played multiple sports at Mahomet-Seymour. In 2007, he was named News-Gazette Athlete of the Year.

A two-sport All-Area performer (football, basketball), Seaman went on to play college football at Southern Illinois.

Keith Pogue, Seaman’s track and field coach at M-S and an assistant football coach when Seaman was with the Bulldogs, was devastated to hear the news on Friday morning.

“It’s really shook me up,” Pogue said. “It’s affecting me more so than I imagined, to be honest.”

Pogue said he exchanged messages with him once Seaman became the football coach at Noblesville West. Pogue said coaching was a natural fit for Seaman.

“He was so gifted at it and just a natural leader,” Pogue said. “I was really pleased to hear he’d gone in that direction.”

Pogue — who has been connected with M-S athletics in a coaching capacity for more than two decades and has served as the Bulldogs’ head football coach since 2008 — said Seaman brought a different dimension to every team he was involved with at M-S.

“He was a leader for us and maybe, if he wasn’t the best athlete to come through Mahomet in my time here, one of the best, by far,” Pogue said. “He was just a fun kid to be around. He made working hard in practice fun and he brought kids up to his level. He didn’t just enjoy the games, but he enjoyed everything involved in athletics. He was just that positive example all the time.”

Seaman grew up rooting for nearby University of Illinois. His parents had season tickets before the kids' activities made it difficult to go to every game.

Illinois showed interest in Seaman during his junior year at Mahomet-Seymour. He made a couple of unofficial visits and was on campus for a Junior Day.

But a knee injury his junior year ended the Illinois recruitment.

At Southern Illinois, he played for Jerry Kill and Dale Lennon.

"Both have been awesome," Seaman told our Bob Asmussen in 2010 after SIU played at Memorial Stadium. "I can't complain at all about how things have turned out."

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