Indiana school shooting update: 13-year-old student who was critically wounded is recovering
Ella Whistler, the 13-year-old girl who was shot in the Noblesville West Middle School shooting, is now in a stable condition. Although, she may not be out of the woods just yet.
Whistler’s family released a statement updating the public with the young girl’s condition since she had been critical since she was rushed to the Riley Hospital for Children.
Although they thanked the people for the support and prayers, the family asked for some privacy since they will be spending the future days processing what happened to their young family member.
They went on to thank the first responders, the medical staff at the hospital, and the authorities who helped during the entire time.
A family friend, who wished to remain anonymous, revealed on May 25th that the teenager underwent a surgery after she had been supposedly shot by her classmate.
Officials also say Ella Whistler's condition (the female student injured in Friday's school shooting) is improving.— Stephanie Myers (@_StephanieMyers) May 28, 2018
Seaman: "I can't say enough how proud I am of Ella...her courage and strength at her age are nothing short of remarkable." pic.twitter.com/K4VS3HE7Nl
At the time of the incident, Whistler was in her Science class. Her teacher, Jason Seaman, was also one of the casualties.
The school announced through the PA system that everyone needed to evacuate after the shots have been fired.
Jayden Williams, an eighth-grader, escaped the school with his classmates by passing through the back of the building.
They ran through the field and stopped at a nearby Fox Prairie Golf Course after making sure they were all safe.
As for the other victim, Seaman, he also had a surgery at the IU Health Methodist. He had multiple gunshot wounds, as revealed by his family.
He has been called a hero after successfully tackling the school shooter. He was shot three times during the process.
On May 28th, the Science teacher spoke publicly for the first time.
"I deeply care for my students and their well-being, so that's why I did what I did that day," he said.
As for the authorities, the Noblesville Police Department posted on Facebook about the continued efforts they were going to make to make the community safer.