Mahomet-Seymour to honor alum who tackled school shooter

Mahomet-Seymour to honor alum who tackled school shooter

MAHOMET — Jason Seaman will be honored later this month on the field he starred on during his years on the Mahomet-Seymour football team.

The seventh-grade science teacher credited with stopping a student shooter at Noblesville West Middle School in Indiana will be honored Aug. 31 just prior to kickoff at Frank Dutton Field.

In May, Seaman tackled and disarmed the shooter, who had entered his classroom. Seaman was shot three times but was not seriously injured. Student Ella Whistler, 13, was shot seven times, sustaining serious injuries, but survived.

After the shooting, Seaman received national media coverage and praise from President Donald Trump, and has been honored at variety of sports and other events.

He threw out the first pitch at St. Louis Cardinals game earlier this summer and was expected to do the same later this summer at a Chicago Cubs game. He'll also be recognized by the Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams, and he was named the grand marshal of the homecoming parade at Southern Illinois University, where he played football in college.

Now, fans from his hometown will have a chance to honor him during the annual Dawgapalooza event.

Seaman is a 2007 graduate of Mahomet-Seymour and was a multi-sport star in high school, being named News-Gazette Athlete of the Year in 2007.

"I was just helping kids who need to be helped," he told The News-Gazette in July. "To get all this attention for just doing what's right, to me, it seems like it's over the top, and I know people just wanted to show their appreciation and they have their different ways, their different avenues of doing that. But as a teacher, I signed on to help kids, and on that day, it was no different. I was helping kids, but in a different fashion."

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