Noblesville hero teacher overwhelmed by recognition

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Jason Seaman, a science teacher at Noblesville (Ind.) West Middle School, throws out a ceremonial pitch before a baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Braves on Friday, June 29, 2018, in St. Louis. Seaman was shot three times while stopping a male student with two handguns in the school. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

MAHOMET, Ill. (AP) — The teacher credited with saving lives by tackling a shooter at a suburban Indianapolis middle school says the attention he’s received since is gratifying, but sometimes over the top.

Authorities say science teacher Jason Seaman stopped the May 25 attack at Noblesville West Middle School. A 13-year-old boy badly wounded one student and struck Seaman.

Seaman accepted an invitation to throw the first pitch at Friday’s St. Louis Cardinals game, and he will be a grand marshal for Noblesville’s July 4 parade and the Oct. 20 homecoming at his alma mater Southern Illinois University.

Seaman told The (Champaign) News-Gazette during a visit to his parent’s home in Mahomet, Illinois, that he knows people want to show their appreciation, but that he “was just helping kids who need to be helped.”

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