I had to save my students, hero Indiana teacher says

The teacher who was shot last week while taking down a gunman at an Indiana school said Monday that he took "the only acceptable actions" to save the students in his classroom.

Jason Seaman said he had no hesitation after the student entered his seventh-grade classroom at Noblesville West Middle School with a gun on Friday. A 13-year-old girl was also shot.

"I want to make it clear that my actions on that day, in my mind, were the only acceptable actions I could have done given the circumstances," Seaman said. "I deeply care for my students and their well-being. That is why I did what I did that day."

The 29-year-old Seaman, a former college football player, was shot but not seriously injured. Ella Whistler, the student who was shot, is in critical but stable condition, but is improving, according to school principal Stacey Swan.

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NOBLESVILLE, IN - MAY 25: Police asses the scene outside Noblesville High School after a shooting at Noblesville West Middle School on May 25, 2018 in Noblesville, Indiana. Middle school students were taken to the high school for reunion with their parents. One teacher and one student were initially reported injured. (Photo by Kevin Moloney/Getty Images)
NOBLESVILLE, IN - MAY 25: Evacuated students and staff march to buses to be carried offsite outside Noblesville West Middle School after a shooting at the school on May 25, 2018 in Noblesville, Indiana. One teacher and one student were initially reported injured. (Photo by Kevin Moloney/Getty Images)
NOBLESVILLE, IN - MAY 25: Evacuated middle school students wait on a bus outside Noblesville High School after a shooting at Noblesville West Middle School on May 25, 2018 in Noblesville, Indiana. Middle school students were taken to the high school for reunion with their parents. One teacher and one student were initially reported injured. (Photo by Kevin Moloney/Getty Images)
NOBLESVILLE, IN - MAY 25: Parents comfort each other as they wait outside Noblesville West Middle School after a shooting at the school on May 25, 2018 in Noblesville, Indiana. One teacher and one student were initially reported injured. (Photo by Kevin Moloney/Getty Images)
NOBLESVILLE, IN - MAY 25: Staff and students comfort each other outside Noblesville West Middle School after a shooting at the school on May 25, 2018 in Noblesville, Indiana. One teacher and one student were initially reported injured. (Photo by Kevin Moloney/Getty Images)
NOBLESVILLE, IN - MAY 25: Evacuated middle school students wait on a bus outside Noblesville High School after a shooting at Noblesville West Middle School on May 25, 2018 in Noblesville, Indiana. Middle school students were taken to the high school for reunion with their parents. One teacher and one student were initially reported injured. (Photo by Kevin Moloney/Getty Images)
NOBLESVILLE, IN - MAY 25: A student and adult embrace outside Noblesville West Middle School after a shooting at the school on May 25, 2018 in Noblesville, Indiana. One teacher and one student were initially reported injured. (Photo by Kevin Moloney/Getty Images)
NOBLESVILLE, IN - MAY 25: A police officer interviews a student and adult outside Noblesville West Middle School after a shooting at the school on May 25, 2018 in Noblesville, Indiana. One teacher and one student were initially reported injured. (Photo by Kevin Moloney/Getty Images)
NOBLESVILLE, IN - MAY 25: Staff and students comfort each other outside Noblesville West Middle School after a shooting at the school on May 25, 2018 in Noblesville, Indiana. One teacher and one student were initially reported injured. (Photo by Kevin Moloney/Getty Images)
NOBLESVILLE, IN - MAY 25: A SWAT officer loads his weapon outside Noblesville West Middle School after a shooting at the school on May 25, 2018 in Noblesville, Indiana. One teacher and one student were initially reported injured. (Photo by Kevin Moloney/Getty Images)
NOBLESVILLE, IN - MAY 25: Evacuated middle school students wait on a bus outside Noblesville High School after a shooting at Noblesville West Middle School on May 25, 2018 in Noblesville, Indiana. Middle school students were taken to the high school for reunion with their parents. One teacher and one student were initially reported injured. (Photo by Kevin Moloney/Getty Images)
NOBLESVILLE, IN - MAY 25: Substitute teacher Joanie Lynne, (L) consoles instructional assistant Paige Rose outside Noblesville West Middle School after a shooting at the school on May 25, 2018 in Noblesville, Indiana. One teacher and one student were initially reported injured. (Photo by Kevin Moloney/Getty Images)
NOBLESVILLE, IN - MAY 25: Parents wait while a SWAT officer passes outside Noblesville High School after a shooting at Noblesville West Middle School on May 25, 2018 in Noblesville, Indiana. Middle school students were taken to the high school for reunion with their parents. One teacher and one student were initially reported injured. (Photo by Kevin Moloney/Getty Images)
NOBLESVILLE, IN - MAY 25: Students react outside Noblesville West Middle School after a shooting at the school on May 25, 2018 in Noblesville, Indiana. One teacher and one student were initially reported injured. (Photo by Kevin Moloney/Getty Images)
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"Her courage and strength at such a young age is nothing short of remarkable," Seaman said. "We all should continue to keep her in our minds as she continues to recover."

President Donald Trump praised Seaman in a tweet on Saturday, thanking him "for his heroic act in saving so many precious young lives."

"His quick and automatic action is being talked about all over the world!" Trump wrote.

The shooter had asked to be dismissed from the class before returning with two guns. Authorities have him in custody, but didn't release the student's name.

Student Ethan Stonebraker told ABC News that Seaman threw a basketball at the gunman and ran at him as students tried to take cover.

"If it weren't for him, more of us would have been injured for sure," he told the network.

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