IN teachers reportedly shot with pellet guns at active shooter training

Teachers Reportedly Shot 'Execution Style' With Pellets In Active Shooter Drill

Teachers Shot 'Execution Style' With Pellet Guns During Active Shooter Drill

Reacting with horror to IN teachers' testimony, gun control advocates characterized the state's active shooter drill as an "outrageous" example of what America's educators are being forced to accept as one school shooting after another takes place without any action from Congress. The Star's sources said teachers weren't made aware ahead of time that they could be shot.

"The teachers are there they don't know this is coming and all of a sudden they're being asked to turn around and they're shot at". I was hit four times ...

But when the teachers were struck with air pellets during the school shooting drill at an Indiana elementary school in January, they were left bleeding and with bruises when it was over, said Dan Holub, the executive director of the Indiana State Teacher's Association.

The ISTA says they support the bill as "a positive step in addressing root causes of these school-based tragedies".

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He said the plastic pellets used in the "shooting exercise" were "soft" and 4.6 mm in diameter, according to the Star. Teachers were told to crouch down and were then shot execution-style.

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.

Bill sponsor Republican Rep. Wendy McNamara of Evansville seemed amenable Wednesday to some sort of an addition.

ALICE training provides options for victims in an active shooting situation beyond the traditional lockdown method.

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Both teachers who spoke with The Indy Star said they were not warned beforehand by the officers that anyone would be shot. 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 measure would require schools to have active-shooter training.

"The first group went in and we heard them scream and yell", recalled one teacher.

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.

The White House federal school safety commission released a report in December with almost 100 recommendations administration officials say states and school districts should consider to better secure their schools, increase safety and best prepare for a worst-case scenario.

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