Pellet guns were part of an active shooter training. Teachers were told to kneel against a wall and sprayed with plastic pellets. Then left with welts and bruises.
It was an active shooter training conducted by a local sheriff’s office in Indiana, according to a report on the incident in the Indianapolis Star. The drill featured officers from the White County Sheriff’s Office, and training from an organization called ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate).
According to the ALICE website, it teaches “option-based tactics,” rather than just “lockdown” approaches to shootings.
Thousands of schools across the country are now using ALICE to train for active shooters. But shooting teachers with pellets is not part of the regular training.
After the pellet shooting, the Indiana State Teachers Associated repeated what had happened on Twitter, after its members testified. Teachers were asked not to tell people what happened. And they were terrified! In fact, some of the injuries where welts appeared, blood was drawn too.
At the end of the day, both teachers and students should feel safe. But this is an extreme—and unnecessary measure. The devastation that teachers had to endure by this practice is traumatizing.
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It’s one of the most basic ways to increase safety in schools. It’s a solution that’s simple and attainable. Because our mission is to turn classrooms into safe rooms.