Brooks: #NWMS #WAT We Are Together
NOBLESVILLE, IN – Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) joins the Noblesville community following the shooting at Noblesville West Middle School.
To watch Brooks’ video filmed at Noblesville West Middle School after meeting Jason Seaman, click here.
“The continuous outpouring of support and unity from our community is incredible,” said Brooks. “The citizens I have spoken with today have shared with me an inspiring mantra the entire community is adopting, one that the Noblesville Athletic Department has used to motivate and bond their teams: We Are Together #WAT.
“Students and parents are so grateful to the school staff and administration who executed their active-shooter planned response as well as to the first responders from this city and other Hamilton County cities who worked together to take the necessary steps to protect the community,” continued Brooks. “Jason Seaman selflessly put himself in harm’s way to protect his students and it is because of his heroic actions more students were not hurt. The school resource officer, school nurse, bus drivers, and medical professionals who worked to save the lives of those injured, are inspirations to us all. I am thankful for their courageous actions during such a chaotic time.
“As we move forward in the days and weeks to come, and embark upon a healing process, it is important to continue prayers and efforts to support Jason Seaman, injured student Ella Whistler, all students, teachers and administrators of the Noblesville school district, their families, as well as the first responders who responded swiftly to a horrific scene,” concluded Brooks. “I encourage people to reach out to mental health professionals to learn how to cope and process what happened yesterday, and how to best support their children, family members or friends who may be struggling. This will be a complex matter to process as a community, but Noblesville is a strong and resilient city. We are on this journey together.”
Open counseling hours are available at Noblesville High School for teachers and staff from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday, May 28th. Open counseling hours for parents and students are available from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Monday, May 28th. Noblesville West Middle School will be open for counseling of Noblesville West Middle School students and families from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. each day.
Individuals affected by the shooting are encouraged to call the Hoosier Crisis Counseling Hotline at 1-800-985-5990 or visit i-cart.org/resources for counseling resources, including how to discuss tragedy with children. The Aspire Crisis Line 1-800-560-4038 is available 24/7 and is prepared to address any caller.