Published: Fri, March 22, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

US teachers shot with pellet guns during active-shooter drill

US teachers shot with pellet guns during active-shooter drill

During active shooter training, some Indiana teachers were "shot execution style" with "projectiles" that caused welts and bleeding, according to the Indiana State Teachers Association.

The representative, Gail Zeharalis, said teachers were taken into a room four at a time, told to crouch down, and were shot "execution-style" with the pellets.

ISTA wrote of the teachers shot with airsoft guns in January: "The teachers were terrified, but were told not to tell anyone what happened". During one of them, the Star reports, teachers were told to kneel facing a classroom wall and were fired upon with no notice while their backs were turned.

ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. "Teachers waiting outside that heard the screaming were brought into the room four at a time and the shooting process was repeated".

Schools across the US have increased active shooter drills in response to the rise in mass shootings, including horrific events that took place a year ago at schools in Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe, Texas, which resulted in a total of 27 deaths.

ISTA officials confirmed the incident took place at Meadowlawn Elementary School in Monticello, Indiana, in a training administered by White County Sheriff Department. The department told the Indianapolis Star it had conducted similar training before but that after receiving a complaint, it would no longer use air-powered devices to shoot teachers.

They explained that the teachers who were shot with "some sort of projectiles" ended up with welts, and that blood was drawn.

He said the plastic pellets used in the "shooting exercise" were "soft" and 4.6 mm in diameter, according to the Star.

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The teachers association brought the incident to the attention of lawmakers in order to amend House Bill 1004 to prevent teachers from being shot during mandated active-shooter drills.

House Bill 1104 author and Republican legislator Wednesday McNamara said it has already passed the House and hopes the Senate can amend it to such exercises from happening again.

ISTA Vice President Keith Gambill said educators should never have to endure being fired at with pellets in an active shooter training.

However, Brooks thinks the amendment is unnecessary.

"Twin Lakes looks forward to continuing its important partnerships with the Twin Lakes Classroom Teachers Organization and the White County Sheriff's Department in pursuing a safe environment for all students and employees", the statement read.

ISTA wants lawmakers to prohibit any kind of gun or projectile from being used during school active shooter training.

Many states are taking the White House up on those recommendations, as state legislators across the country have introduced almost 250 school safety bills so far in 2019.

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