Indiana teachers lined up and shot by Airsoft guns during training drill

Posted at 8:34 AM, Mar 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-25 10:42:40-04

(WTHR) The Indiana State Teacher’s Association claims active shooter training in at least one school system went too far.

Teachers in Monticello say their training included getting shot and injured by Airsoft guns.

ISTA wants lawmakers to ban the practice. The vice president of the local teacher’s union, the Twin Lakes Classroom Teachers Organization, was shocked by what she heard from 20 teachers.

“They were lined up against the wall, told to crouch down and shot execution-style in the back” with a pellet gun, Juli Topp said.

ISTA Executive Director Dan Holub was just as shocked.

“We just had to ask ourselves, ‘Why did this happen?'” he asked. “What was going through the minds of trainers.”

“We want our training to be real,” explained White County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy David Roth. “We want our training to be useful.”

Roth said he observed the active shooter training other sheriff’s deputies gave to teachers of Monticello’s Meadowlawn Elementary School. Students were not in school.

“I was taken aback when I was told the Airsoft gun traumatized educators,” he said.

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