Colts show support for Noblesville community after school shooting (pics)
The Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday showed their support for the Noblesville West Middle School community, who are still dealing with the aftermath with a shooting that occurred last week. The school is located not far from Indianapolis, about 27 miles to the north.
Jason Seaman, a seventh-grade science teacher, has been credited for saving lives by bravely confronting the armed student, getting shot three times in the process by thwarting the attack. Seaman, who is recovering from his injuries, has since stated his decisions “were the only acceptable actions” in order to protect the students in his classroom.
Seaman went on to deflect attention to a 13-year-old Ella Whistler, who was critically wounded after being shot during the incident.
The Colts paid tribute to the bravery demonstrated by Seaman and support for Whistler and the entire Noblesville community by donning shirts which in part read “NOBStrong” during an offseason practice.
Proud to be supporting the Noblesville community #NOBStrong
Please consider donating to the Noblesville Schools Education Foundation here: https://t.co/S1d833xiEp pic.twitter.com/YDu3LFr40b
— Kalen Jackson (@KalenIJackson) May 30, 2018
We are #NobStrong. pic.twitter.com/Ub7PSxtcP2
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) May 30, 2018
Take a look at the shirts the #Colts are wearing at OTA practice today. Incredible to see this community come together. #NOBstrong on the shirts with Jason Seaman’s college number and Ella’s initials after the school shooting at Noblesville last week. pic.twitter.com/JUMfvNZRvC
— Tricia Whitaker (@TriciaWhitaker) May 30, 2018
The No. 91 on the shirt is in tribute to the number worn by Seaman when he played college football at Southern Illinois. The E.W. are for Whistler’s initials.
Colts head coach Frank Reich took a moment when meeting with the media to address the Noblesville incident.
Colts coach Frank Reich on the #Noblesville school shooting: "We’re really thinking about the community up in Noblesville. We know it here: It’s all about team in Indiana. When one town and city and school is grieving, we all are. We want them to know they have our support."
— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) May 30, 2018
The Colts will sell the same shirts worn at Wednesday’s OTA session with proceeds going to Seaman and Whistler, per Shutdown Corner. Also noted in the report is how raffle tickets sold during the Colts’ annual Blue Evening on Saturday night will also benefit Seaman and Whistler as they continue to recover from their injuries.