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Ella Whistler and Jason Seaman Lead Noblesville Fourth of July Parade

Whistler and Seaman were both wounded in the Noblesville West Middle School shooting May 25.

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. -- Ella Whistler and Jason Seaman made their first public appearance together as grand marshals of the Noblesville Fourth of July Parade on Wednesday. 

Whistler rode in the back of an orange Jeep and waved to the crowds along the parade route. Many were holding signs of encouragement that said things like: "Ella Strong," "Noblesville Strong" and "We Love You, Ella!" 

Whistler's neck was in a brace and her right arm was in a sling. She still managed to smile and wave from the back of a red Jeep Wrangler. 

Seaman was close behind on the back of a blue Corvette. 

"It almost made me cry just looking at them," said Laurie Kazmucha, a Noblesville parent. "Seeing how strong they are, how young they are."

A group of Noblesville West Middle School students walked behind Whistler & Seaman as part of the parade and a large group of Noblesville students, teachers and staff walked together at the end of the parade. 

"I think it's really cool that they got to lead the parade because they've really brought our community together in the past month or so and I think it's just a really good way to bring our community together," said Tori Kashman, a Noblesville West Middle School student. 

Whistler, 13, was shot seven times by another student in the Noblesville West Middle School shooting on May 25. Seaman, her science teacher, tackled the shooter and is credited with stopping the shooting. He was shot three times. 

The parade also included special appearances by Noblesville West Middle School Nurse Megan Schlueter and Noblesville Police Officer Michael Steffen, the school resource officer. They rode in the parade between Whistler and Seaman in a white Jeep Wrangler. 

 

(PHOTO: Stacey Swan, Noblesville West Middle School Principal)

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