NOBLESVILLE, Ind. -- Responses to an active shooter situation at a Noblesville middle school were pouring in Friday morning from Indiana lawmakers, public safety officials and even Vice President Mike Pence.
Police said a teacher and student at Noblesville West Middle School were shot when another student opened fire around 9:30 a.m. Friday.
The suspected shooter was quickly taken into custody, and the two victims were transported to Indianapolis hospitals.
Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear issued a statement Friday evening which read in part:
“Words are hard to express about the event that occurred this morning at Noblesville West Middle School. School shootings are a tragedy regardless of the location, but having one unfold in your community is heartbreaking and shocking.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the two victims – a middle school student and a male teacher. I know we all send them our love and well wishes. We also keep the countless others who have been forever changed by this senseless act of violence close in our hearts.
Shortly after the news broke, responses began to flood in via Twitter from around the state:
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.
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) May 25, 2018
Speaker Bosma, Pro Tem Long & I are monitoring the situation at Noblesville West MS on plane to Indy from Europe. @indstatepolice are working with local responders & will offer all assistance needed. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this horrible situation.
— Eric Holcomb (@GovHolcomb) May 25, 2018
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
— Senator Joe Donnelly (@SenDonnelly) May 25, 2018
As the father of 3 kids, including a daughter in middle school, I know too well the terror every parent faces when they hear the news of yet another school shooting. We must continue to push for action that puts a stop to days like this. Indianapolis stands with Noblesville.
— Mayor Joe Hogsett (@IndyMayorJoe) May 25, 2018
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Thankful for our first responders and law enforcement during this tragedy. Kelly and I are praying for the Noblesville community, the teachers, the students, and their parents. Our country must find a way, through thoughtful debate, to create a safer world for our children. https://t.co/xoU5wpnjRi
— Trey Hollingsworth (@RepTrey) May 25, 2018
“Today an unfortunate 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.” -- Indiana State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick
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.
— Senator Todd Young (@SenToddYoung) May 25, 2018
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.
— Susan W. Brooks (@SusanWBrooks) May 25, 2018
The IMPD family is thinking of our neighbors to the north in Noblesville. Thoughts and prayers to all involved in the active shooter incident at the middle school #NoblesvilleWest
— IMPD (@IMPDnews) May 25, 2018
We have a team on the ground and additional resources are en route to Noblesville West Middle School to provide canteen support to first responders and officials.
— IN Red Cross (@INRedCross) May 25, 2018
Our thoughts are with our neighbors in Noblesville. Please see below for a recent message to our school community. pic.twitter.com/i4udtLKejM
— HSE Schools (@HSESchools) May 25, 2018
"Our hearts go out to the students, educators, families and community members of Noblesville who this morning faced a senseless act of gun violence at Noblesville West Middle School. We understand at least one student and an adult may be injured, and we are praying for the best.
This national crisis has landed in our backyard. We all have a responsibility to keep our kids safe from violence, and it’s unconscionable that they live in fear that one day their school may be next. When is enough, enough?
Thoughts and prayers aren’t enough to keep our students and educators safe. We need to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of dangerous people. We now know that it is up to communities, families, activists, educators and the students themselves to stand up and demand that those who are trusted with protecting them do their jobs." -- Indiana State Teachers Association President Teresa Meredith
— Dr. Jeff Butts (@WayneTwpSuper) May 25, 2018
Praying for all families and first responders. https://t.co/rw8YKm3Orq
— Mayor Andy Cook (@MayorCook) May 25, 2018
"Our hearts are breaking for the students, teachers and families affected by the shooting at Noblesville West Middle School. Our immediate concern is for the victims injured in and affected by this tragic event. As a state we must find ways to ensure comprehensive safety and security of our schools. Legislators must admit and take seriously that we have to keep guns out of our schools, and restrict access to deadly weapons by dangerous individuals. No child should go through something this traumatizing and it’s our job to stop it." -- Indiana Senate Democrats
“The epidemic of violence sweeping across American schools has now come to Indiana. While we await additional information on the school incident in Noblesville this morning, we must brace ourselves for the reality that our schools and our children are under siege by an unspeakable wave of terror that is taking full advantage of our open and free society.
“School safety plans, resource officers, red flag laws and hardened targets are vital to the defense of our schools and our children.
“While we all join in prayer for the victims and their families, we must continue on the path of identifying the best and most comprehensive ways to protect our schools and prevent these tragedies.” – Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill
“Hoosiers are standing strong with the Noblesville community. We continue to pray for and support Noblesville West Middle School and the student and teacher who are currently hospitalized,” said Congressman Todd Rokita. “I commend our first-responders who swiftly and diligently worked together to keep the students and faculty safe." – Rep. Todd Rokita
As a former educator, todays incident at #Noblesville West Middle School hits me especially hard. We stand with Noblesville and are ready to assist with anything they need
— Steve Collier (@SC4Lawrence) May 25, 2018
My sincerest thoughts and prayers go out to the Noblesville community. Indiana remains committed to the safety and protection of our young people and I can not thank our law enforcement agencies enough for their swift action in this matter.
— Suzanne Crouch (@LGSuzanneCrouch) May 25, 2018
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