"The teachers were terrified, but were not told anyone what happened. Teachers waiting outside that heard the screaming were brought into the room four at a time and the shooting process was repeated," the association said on Twitter
. "No one in education takes these drills lightly. The risk of harming someone far outweighs whatever added realism is trying to convey here." ISTA Executive Director Dan Holub told CNN the incident took place in January at Meadowlawn Elementary in Monticello, which is part of the Twin Lakes District. The drill was part of ALICE training, which helps prepare schools or other organizations for an active shooter event.
"During active shooter drill, four teachers at a time were taken into a room, duty to crouch down and were shot execution style with some sort of projectiles ̵
1; resulting in injuries to the extent that welts appeared, and blood was drawn, " the ISTA said on Twitter.
The White County Sheriff's Department did not respond to CNN's request for comment . White County Sheriff Bill Brooks said the Indy Star that the ALICE training used in airsoft gun, but the department stopped doing so soon after a teacher was upset at it.
Holub said the ISTA has not heard an explanation from law
"Holub said," this was the first time and hopefully last "time that law enforcement shoots at teachers as part of the training. "Those teachers who went through it were upset and injured. They brought it to attention of ISTA leadership." The Twin Lakes School Corporation said in a statement that school staff works with the White County Sheriff's Department to conduct ALICE training. The Twin Lakes Classroom Teachers Organization recently "voiced questions" on how the Sheriff's Department conducted the training, the corporation said, and Twin Lakes then facilitated a meeting between them to discuss the issue.
on Wednesday as part of its recommendations to House Bill 1004 concerning school safety. The proposed bill, which has passed the House, requires an annual active shooter drill and provides Indiana schools access to funds for mental health services.
Rep. Wendy McNamara, a Republican legislator who authored HB 1004, told CNN that a mock shooting like the one that happened in January was not wise and shouldn't happen again.
"I would never have thought in a million years that anybody would have thought that it made sense to use in an active shooter drill where teachers are unaware that they are going to be shot with a pellet gun, "she said. "That would never have crossed my mind as something we'd need to legislate."
The bill has already passed the House, so McNamara said she hoped the Senate could change the bill to address the issue.
" bill calls for active shooter training but I want to make sure that it is clear … that being part of an active shooter drill, we do not need to be realistic in shooting pellets at our teachers, "she added.