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Hero teacher honored at baseball game in Indiana

Posted at 8:13 AM, May 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-29 08:13:43-04

NOBLESVILLE, IN (WISH/CNN) - Students and parents were happy to see teacher Jason Seaman attend a baseball game after he disarmed a student shooter in his classroom Friday.

Monday was one of the Noblesville West Middle School teacher's first public appearances since he was shot three times in that incident. Even the fans from the opposing team joined in the cheering.

"Obviously there is a baseball game but I'm not sure it's about baseball today," said Noblesville Athletic Director Leah Wooldridge.

Thousands of students poured into the high school baseball sectional game on one of the hottest days of the year to support victims Seaman and Ella Whistler, as well as each other.

"It's cool that the community is all here supporting everyone; it's great," said student Mackenzie Miller.

The stadium usually sees around 1,000 fans, but four times as many filled in Monday. They bought all 1,600 fundraiser T-shirts within minutes.

"I think it's great for the students and the parents to know that he's here and that he's OK physically," said baseball fan Deb Satterfield. "I think it's fantastic."

An hour after speaking to the media, Seaman pulled up at the game to watch and cheer for his school district.

"I must acknowledge the community," he said in his statement. "Their support has been first class the entire time."

He and the staff at West Middle were honored with a moment of silence, the game baseball and a special presentation at the bottom of the fourth inning.

"It would have been so much worse if he hadn't been so brave," Miller said. "He saved everyone, pretty much."

The fundraiser T-shirts are still available online. Seaman requested all proceeds go to help Whistler, the injured seventh grader.

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