Indiana Teachers Say They Were Hit With Airsoft Gun Pellets in School Shooter Drill

Playing Teachers Say They Were Shot During Training Session

Some teachers say a school shooter training session may have gone too far after claiming they were hit with airsoft gun pellets during the drill.

The training is called ALICE: Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. It offers realistic drills to deal with school shooter situations, like last year's tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Some teachers at one elementary school in Indiana said their ALICE training crossed a line. They claim they were left with welts and wounds that drew blood after being shot by an ALICE instructor with an airsoft gun.

"They shot all of us across our backs. I was hit four times," one teacher told The Indianapolis Star. "It hurt so bad."
 
Keith Gambill is vice president of the Indiana State Teachers Association, and he spoke to Inside Edition about the incident.

“I was horrified when I learned of this,” he told Inside Edition. “Some who were waiting to go in did report that they heard screaming.” 

Inside Edition spoke to White County Chief Sheriff's Deputy David Roth about the ALICE training. 

“If somebody was hurt at this incident, they never told us,” he said. 

Roth believes that the demonstration “absolutely did not” go too far, adding, “It is putting them through a little bit of stress because you need to know how your body is going to react during these stressful situations.”
 
"We are no longer going to teach teachers, we are going to keep our training to law enforcement," he added. 

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