Friends recall the kindness of Illinois man who stopped Indiana school shooting

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An Indiana teacher, and southern Illinois native, is being praised for his quick thinking in disarming a student who opened fire on his middle school classroom.

Friends of that teacher say they would not expect anything less from him.

Shots rang through the Indiana middle school Friday morning. Police say Jason Seaman was giving a test to his 7th grade science class when the shooter asked to be excused. When he came back, he had two handguns and started firing. He shot a 13-year-old girl.

A student in the class said Seaman threw a basketball at the shooter’s forehead, swatted the gun out of his hand, and tackled him through a storage room. He then told students to run and call 9-1-1.

“If there’s a guy you want on your side, if there’s a guy you want in the trenches with you, it was Jason,” said Seaman’s former teacher and coach, Keith Pogue.

“To hear that he was the one, essentially is the hero today, doesn’t surprise me one bit,” added Seaman’s friend, Cory Christensen. “That’s something Jason would do.”

‘Hero’ – it’s the name Seaman has been given nationwide. But people in Mahomet, Illinois know him as a husband, a dad and a great man.

“He was a great teammate, great leader,” said Pogue. “He made everything fun. We could go to work and Jason would lighten things up in a good way.”

Seaman played basketball in high school and was also a track and field star. He was also a standout on the football field and went on to play at Southern Illinois University.

Pogue says he was an all around star, “If he’s not the best athlete that’s come through here in the last 25 years, he’s close to it.”

Those who know Seaman say when it comes to fight or flight, he will always stand. Despite being shot three times, in his abdomen, hip and arm, Seaman is expected to be okay.

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