Teacher’s swift act protected students

What happened at a middle school in Noblesville, Ind., Friday could have been much, much worse had Jason Seaman not risked his own life to protect his students.

Seaman, 29, was teaching his class when a student with a gun entered and opened fire. He shot a 13-year-old girl, who was hurt badly. By this week, her condition was improving.

Others probably would have been hit, had Seaman not lunged toward the assailant. Shot himself, Seaman wrested the gun away from the boy. Seaman’s wounds were minor.

Monday, Seaman told reporters his reactions “were the only acceptable actions I could have done, given the circumstances.”

We suspect that, throughout the nation, most other teachers nodded in agreement when they read what Seaman said next: “I deeply care for my students and their well-being. That is why I did what I did that day.”

Precisely. In most school shootings, educators have no opportunity to disarm assailants. All they can do is attempt to protect students. Sometimes, they give their lives doing that.

Heroic behavior by teachers and other school staff members is not unusual. So yes, Seaman deserves great praise, but we have no doubt that in a similar situation, many other educators would have done precisely the same thing.

They, too, are ready to risk their own lives for their students.

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