Teachers are suing police departments for traumatizing active shooter drills

From The Indianapolis Star:

Eight elementary school teachers who were shot with airsoft guns "execution style" during an active shooter training drill last year are suing the sheriff's department that conducted the training.

The controversial training drill, conducted at Meadowlawn Elementary School in Northern Indiana last year, became national news after teachers reported being left bruised, bloodied and traumatized. The lawsuit, filed last week in Indiana's northern federal court, claims that four White County Sheriff's Deputies subjected teachers "verbal threats, expletives, and screaming," in addition to being struck with the plastic pellets fired from airsoft guns.

"The teachers displayed obvious signs of anguish and physical pain, but were humiliated to find the law enforcement officers joking and laughing at them," the complaint reads. "The terrifying and inexplicable experience left the teachers with lasting physical and emotional injuries."

Active shooter drills in schools are a multi-billion dollar industry where former police and military get to cosplay as heroes and villains during a fake school shooting. They get to dress up in costumes and faux-massacre students and teachers with pellet guns and fake blood, leaving them both traumatized and no less likely to endure in the unlikely event that an actual school shooting occurs.

And yet, 95% of schools in America have invested money in these cons.

In the case of the Indiana school that filed this lawsuit, some of the teachers were left with physical injuries, and even diagnosed PTSD from the event.

Teachers shot by plastic pellets during training drill sue sheriff's department, officers [Arika Herron / Indianapolis Star]

The Impact of School Safety Drills for Active Shootings [Everytown For Gun Safety]

Ban traumatic 'shooter drills' in US schools, urge teachers [Rob Walker / The Guardian]

Children terrified by active shooter drills, teacher unions say [WCVB]

2 Big Teachers Unions Call For Rethinking Student Involvement In Lockdown Drills [Amy Kamenetz / NPR Morning Edition]

Image: U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chuck Walker (Public Domain)