Union: Teachers shot with pellets during active-shooter drill

Saul Bowman
March 24, 2019

Several teachers at an Indiana elementary school were injured after they were told to kneel and then shot with plastic pellets "execution style" during an active-shooter drill, according to the Indiana State Teachers Association. But some IN teachers ended up getting shot - for real - when law enforcement officers opened fire with pellet guns. It hurt so bad, ' the IndyStar reported.

The ISTA addressed their concerns about these drills in a series of tweets on Wednesday as members of the association testified in front of the Senate Education Committee.

In some cases, according to the ISTA, the pellets drew blood.

"It saddens me that we live in a day and age when you have to have this sort of training in the schools to begin with", said Dan Holub, executive director of the Indiana State Teachers Association. It also requires every school to conduct at least one active shooter drill each year.

Praising the swift action this week in New Zealand to ban assault rifles, Kris Brown, the president of the gun control advocacy group Brady, saidThursday it is now well past time for USA lawmakers to follow suit.

The Indianapolis Star reported that the training was run by the White County Sheriff's office, which did not respond to ABC News' request for comment.

Other teachers allegedly listened to their colleagues' screams while they waited for their turn to be brought into the room in groups. Recently the Twin Lakes Classroom Teachers Organization voiced questions regarding how the Sheriff's Department conducted ALICE training, and Twin Lakes facilitated a meeting with the Association and the Sheriff's Department to collaboratively discuss these matters.

The proposed bill, which has passed the House, requires an annual active shooter drill and provides IN schools access to funds for mental health services.

State legislators are considering a school safety bill that would require IN schools to conduct at least one active shooter drill each school year.

The incident gained widespread attention when it was referenced in a hearing in the Indiana State Senate over a proposed education bill.

Sheriff Bill Brooks, whose department led the training, said it stopped using airsoft guns during active shooter trainings after receiving a complaint, adding that all teachers involved signed up to participate.

Republican Rep. Wendy McNamara of Evansville, who sponsored the bill, appeared to be open to amending the bill.

Both teachers who spoke with The Indy Star said they were not warned beforehand by the officers that anyone would be shot.

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