"The teachers were terrified, but were told not to tell anyone what happened".
"They told us, 'This is what happens if you just cower and do nothing, '" one teacher told IndyStar, which did not name the teachers.
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The intention of the exercise is to stress the importance of the news that traditional duck-and-cover techniques are said to be largely useless against mass shooters, and that teachers should instead lead students in more active countermeasures to defend themselves from attack.
Union leaders say teachers and some cafeteria staff were brought into a room, asked to crouch down, then shot execution style with plastic pellets from a gun.
"The bill calls for active shooter training but I want to make sure that it's clear ... that being a part of an active shooter drill, we do not need to be that realistic in shooting pellets at our teachers", she added.
Some teachers suffered welts, and "blood was drawn", according to the association's Twitter thread.
The sheriff told the Indianapolis Star they will no longer use airsoft guns - replica weapons that shoot non-metallic projectiles - during active shooter drills.
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The teachers' injuries in the training including welts and bleeding, the union said.
While the incident occurred in January at Twin Lake District's Meadowlawn Elementary School it was only learned of this week during testimony before state lawmakers.
House Bill 1104 author and Republican legislator Wednesday McNamara said it has already passed the House and hopes the Senate can amend it to such exercises from happening again.
The Indiana State Teachers Association is lobbying for language to be added specifically prohibiting teachers from being shot with anything during the drills.
ISTA Vice President Keith Gambill said educators should never have to endure being fired at with pellets in an active shooter training.
Sheriff Brooks thinks that is unnecessary.
White County Sheriff Department could not be reached in time for publication.
ISTA director of government relations Gail Zeheralis told lawmakers that the union wanted a statement promising that teachers wouldn't be shot with projectiles in future drills.
The incident gained widespread attention when it was referenced in a hearing in the Indiana State Senate over a proposed education bill.