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Indiana leaders, legislators react in aftermath of Noblesville school shooting


Policemen stand alongside the perimeter of Noblesville West Middle School. A shooting Friday, May 25, at the school left two people injured. The suspect, a male student at the middle school, was taken into custody. Eman Mozaffar Buy Photos

After a shooting Friday at Noblesville West Middle School left two injured, Indiana politicians and leaders responded with statements offering support for families and first responders.

The office of Indiana State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick released a statement which reads:

“Today a shooting at a school has occurred in Indiana. State Superintendent Dr. Jennifer McCormick is in contact with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and is actively monitoring the situation. We have confidence in Noblesville Schools Superintendent Dr. Beth Niedermeyer and her team, law enforcement, and first responders. The Department stands ready to provide guidance and support, and we will provide further statements as information unfolds.” 

Vice President and former Indiana governor Mike Pence thanked law enforcement via Twitter for their swift response.

"Karen and I are praying for the victims of the terrible shooting in Indiana. 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."

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb praised law enforcement and the efforts of Jason Seaman to stop the shooter.

 “The training and practice that you hope you never need kicked into place...because of it, lives were saved, and we can be a model for our nation. I just want you to know the state of Indiana and all of our resources are here every step of the way.” 

 "As governor, I have the honor of meeting many wonderful people, but few so humble & inspiring as Jason Seaman when I spent a few minutes with him Friday night. He may not have been “born” a Hoosier but he is now and will forever be a Hoosier Hero in our eyes. 

Sen. Todd Young, R-IN, said his office is in touch and offering support to first responders and families.

"My team and I are in touch with the Governor’s office, Lt. Governor’s office & local authorities regarding the reported shooting at Noblesville West Middle School & we have offered our full and complete support. As details continue to develop, please pray for everyone involved."

Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-IN, said he was enroute to Noblesville from Evansville that same day.

"Joe is en route to Noblesville from Evansville and continues to monitor the situation."

"I’m closely monitoring the situation at Noblesville West Middle School. I’m praying for the entire Noblesville community, students, teachers, families, and am thankful for our first responders. – Joe."

Rep. Susan Brooks, R-5th District,  emphasized that no one should ever have to experience a shooting.

"My team & I are aware of the horrific shooting at Noblesville West Middle School. My prayers are w/the Noblesville community, especially those who are injured & those who witnessed an active shooter situation- something no one should ever have to go through. Especially children." 

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