Indiana primary school teachers who participated in an active training drill said they were shot with plastic pills that left them with bruises and bleeds.
The White County Sheriff Office performed the training exercise at Meadowlawn Elementary in Monticello, Ind. In January.
IndyStar reported two primary school teachers who testified to state legislators this week that they attended an exercise where teachers were instructed by local law enforcement to kneel down against a classroom before being hit by plastic pellets without warning.
"They told us," This is what happens if you just strengthen and do nothing "," one of the two teachers who did not want to be identified told IndyStar. "They shot us all on the back. I was hit four times. It got so bad."
Indiana State Teachers Association tweeted: "During active shooter drilling, four teachers were taken into a room at one time, told to curl down and was shot execution style with some kind of projectiles ̵
ISTA is now lobbying lawmakers to add languages that prohibit teachers from being shot with any kind of ammunition a school security bill, House Bill 1004, which works its way through the state house.
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According to House Bill 1004, all schools must carry out a shuttle drill at least once a year, but it does not mandate any particular type of training program.
White County Sheriff, Bill Brooks, told Fox News whether four officers went to Meadowlawn Elementary School in January to say uct an active shooter training called ALICE, which he said typically involves the use of an air-driven device called airsoft weapon .
Thousands of schools across the country, including many in Indiana, use ALICE for training exercises, according to IndyStar.
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Brooks said plastic pellets are more than 6 mm in diameter over a BB which metal and is about 4 mm in diameter.
"It's a larger plastic projectile compared to a metal, much smaller projectile," Sheriff Brooks told Fox News. He said the plastic projectile is much softer.
"It was 100% voluntary," Brooks said to Fox News. "Most teachers volunteer, a couple not and were allowed to observe."
He said the teachers were told it would be shot with airsoft guns as part of the training and still volunteered.
Brooks said he was in primary school for part of the January training but was not present when the airsoft gun was used.
Both Meadowlawn teachers who spoke to IndyStar said they had not been warned by the officers before the drilling that anyone would be shot.
One of the teachers said she was waiting in the library with other teachers as the first small group went into a classroom for the January training.
"The first group went in and we heard them screaming and shouting," she said. "We thought," What's going on? ""
The teacher described what happened when it was her turn to attend, "it was like a quick spit of these pills."
"Most of us hit several times in the back," the teacher said.
She said that the pellets went back and a spot where it broke its skin.
"Our children's safety is still our top priority and we will continue active shooting exercises, though teachers will no longer be involved."
July Top, Vice President of Twin Representative Representation The Lakes Classroom Teachers Organization, told IndyStar, she met with Meadowlawn teachers last week and heard similar stories from more than a dozen different teachers.
"They volunteered for this education, but they had no idea they were going to be shot," Top said.
In a statement released Thursday, Michael Galvin, superintendent of Twin Lakes Schools, said that the school district has committed itself to creating a safe environment for its students and staff.
"… Twin Lakes collaborates with White County Sheriff's Department for Public Safety guidance and to train Twin Lakes staff, which includes ALICE training," Galvin said. "The Twin Lakes Classroom Teachers Organization recently announced questions about how the Sheriff's Department conducted ALICE training, and Twin Lakes facilitated a meeting with the Association and the Sheriff's Department to work on these issues."
Brooks told Fox News teachers will no longer be asked to attend any training at all, and airsoft weapons will only be used in active training exercises when only officers are involved.
"This is the first event or complaint we have ever received. We did not receive any complaints that day. In fact, they opposed the training and we still receive numerous calls from teachers and the public," Brooks told Fox News. "Our children's safety is still our top priority and we will continue with active shooter training exercises, but teachers will no longer be involved."
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House Bill 1004 is scheduled to be up for amendment in the Senate Education Committee next week.