School Shooting Drill Goes Live When Teachers Shot With Live Rounds of Painful “Pellets”
The teachers were told to kneel. Then ‘shot.’ An Indiana training exercise draws criticism
“The Indiana State Teachers Association is lobbying lawmakers to add language, prohibiting teachers from being shot with any sort of ammunition”
INDIANAPOLIS – An active-shooter training exercise at an Indiana elementary school in January left teachers with welts and bruises after they were shot with plastic pellets by the local sheriff’s office conducting the session.
The incident, acknowledged in testimony this week before state lawmakers, was confirmed by two elementary-school teachers in Monticello, Indiana, who described an exercise in which teachers were asked by local law enforcement to kneel against a classroom wall before being sprayed across their backs with plastic pellets without warning.
“They told us, ‘This is what happens if you just cower and do nothing,’” said one of the two teachers, both of whom asked not to be identified out of concern for their jobs. “They shot all of us across our backs. I was hit four times.
“It hurt so bad.”
Now, these teachers and the state’s largest teachers union want to stop this from happening in other Indiana schools.
The Indiana State Teachers Association is lobbying lawmakers to add language, prohibiting teachers from being shot with any sort of ammunition, to a school-safety bill working its way through the Statehouse.
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