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Teacher who disarmed boy recalls school shooting

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NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A suburban Indianapolis teacher who was shot by a 13-year-old boy inside his classroom described in a court hearing how he tackled and disarmed the student.

Science teacher Jason Seaman is credited with halting the May 25 shooting that also wounded a 13-year-old girl at Noblesville West Middle School.

The Indianapolis Star reports Seaman testified during Monday’s juvenile court hearing for the boy that he was helping another student when the boy entered and began firing.

Seaman said he threw a small basketball at the student and then tackled him, even as the boy continued firing. He says he pinned him to the floor and eventually forced him to the drop the weapon.

Seaman says he told his other students to run from the classroom and call 911, then disarmed the boy, who had a second gun.

The boy admitted to the shooting during the hearing and apologized, saying in a statement that was read by his attorneys that he would “take it back” if possible.

Hamilton Circuit Court Judge Paul Felix said he would not render a decision Monday on the disposition in the case, which would be a sentencing if the boy had been charged as an adult. His options include ordering the boy to serve probation, to spend time in a mental health treatment center or to be held at a state juvenile detention center.

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