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Summary: A teacher and student were injured in a school shooting at an Indiana middle school.

On Friday, a middle school student shot up his school before he was taken into custody. The boy was in class when he asked to be excused, and then he returned with two handguns, according to the Indy Star. 

  
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The boy started shooting at Noblesville West Middle School in Indiana, and he injured one teacher, Jason Seaman, and a student. Police told the Indy Star that he was arrested in the classroom or the immediate vicinity.

Parents said that Seaman, a science teacher at the school for four years, had intervened to stop the shooter. He and the injured student were taken to IU Health hospitals nearby, but the extent of their injuries were not shared with the public.

After the shooting, an unrelated threat was called in, but that situation has been dealt with. The students were immediately bused to the high school, where they waited for their parents to pick them up throughout the day.

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Jayden Williams, an eighth-grader, said that he was in the locker room when he heard the announcement, “It’s not a drill. Shots have been fired by the seventh-grade hallway.”

Williams said that he and his friends escaped out of the back of the building and were “pretty scared.”



Jayden’s mother told the Indy Star that despite all the news of school shootings in the US, she never thought it would happen to her son.

“I never expected it at a middle school,” said Denisha Williams.

Former Indiana governor and now Vice President Mike Pence issued a statement, sharing his thoughts and prayers.

“To everyone in the Noblesville community – you are on our hearts and in our prayers. Thanks for the swift response by Hoosier law enforcement and first responders,” Pence said.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb also let the people of Noblesville know they were in his thoughts.

“Speaker Bosma, Pro Tem Long and I are monitoring the situation at Noblesville West Middle School from the air on our return trip to Indianapolis from Europe,” Holcomb said. “Approximately 100 state police officers have been made available to work with local responders and will offer all assistance needed. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this horrible situation.”

Earlier this month, the General Assembly of Indiana met to discuss school safety, and lawmakers had approved an additional $5 million in safety grants and put aside $35 million for school safety loans. The Republican-dominated group passed a law that required school safety audits and allowed schools to block doors during a fire alarm to check for active shooters.

The Republicans in Indiana, however, have refused to restrict access to guns and have loosened gun restrictions. Democrats have criticized the lack of gun control, and after the Noblesville shooting, they called for more legislation on the issue.

“Legislators must admit and take seriously that we have to keep guns out of our schools, and restrict access to deadly weapons by dangerous individuals. No child should go through something this traumatizing and it’s our job to stop it,” Indiana Democrats said. “Thoughts and prayers aren’t enough.”

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