Indiana Teachers Shot at With Pellets in Drill, Drawing Blood

Indiana State Teachers Association says it happened at Meadowlawn Elementary
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2019 8:24 AM CDT
Indiana Teachers Shot With Pellets 'Execution-Style' in Drill
"Four teachers at a time were taken into a room, told to crouch down and were shot execution style with some sort of projectiles."   (Getty Images)

An active shooter drill staged by a local sheriff’s office at an Indiana elementary school in January ended up being far more harrowing than anticipated, according to the Indiana State Teachers Association. How it summarized what allegedly occurred at Meadowlawn Elementary in Monticello in a tweet: "During active shooter drill, four teachers at a time were taken into a room, told to crouch down and were shot execution-style with some sort of projectiles—resulting in injuries to the extent that welts appeared, and blood was drawn." The ISTA wrote that the "terrified" teachers were instructed not to tell anyone what happened and that those teachers waiting for their turn heard the screams of other teachers.

Two teachers who spoke with the Indianapolis Star say they were instructed to kneel against the wall and were given no heads-up that their backs would be shot at with plastic pellets. CNN explains the ISTA tweeted about the incident Wednesday, the day the state Senate Education Committee considered House Bill 1004, which relates to school safety and mandates an annual active shooter drill; the ISTA want the bill to specify that no type of projectiles may be used in the drills. The January drill was carried out as part of ALICE training in concert with the White County Sheriff's Department, which says the department no longer uses an airsoft gun as it previously had. The Star says the plastic pellets used measured slightly larger than a BB. "It's a soft, round projectile," says Sheriff Bill Brooks. "The key here is 'soft.'" (More teachers stories.)

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