NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- The Indiana teacher who stopped a school shooting says his swift decisions were the "only acceptable action" to save his students.

Jason Seaman spoke publicly Monday for the first time, three days after he tackled and disarmed a student with a gun at Noblesville West Middle School.

Seaman was shot but not seriously injured. A 13-year-old girl is in critical but stable condition. He says he acted because he cares deeply about his students.

The 29-year-old seventh-grade teacher says he's still processing what happened. But he says his steps that day "were the only acceptable actions" to save his students.

During his short statement Monday, Seaman tried to shift the public focus to a 13-year-old girl who was seriously injured. Seaman said Ella Whistler's courage is "nothing short of remarkable."

Noblesville Superintendent Beth Niedemeyer says the community "endured a horrific and senseless tragedy." She says Seaman, a seventh grade teacher and football coach, "put his own life in danger" for others.

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