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Teachers Object to Being Targets in 'Active Shooter Drill'

| by Michael Allen

Four teachers at the Farmington High School in Farmington, Mo. contacted the local prosecutor after they were forced to wear goggles and get shot with air soft pellet guns.

The school was conducting an "active shooter drill," which included students and teachers, on Tuesday.

The drill simulated an armed person firing a gun and killing people at the school.

However, Associate Superintendent Sarah Long told CBS St. Louis that teachers were allowed to opt out by telling their supervisors, "I don’t want to be one of the victims, I think that’s too scary."

"Teachers could sign up to work in department meetings and in other professional developmental opportunities," added Long. "We had about 45 members of the staff to do those.”

St. Francois County prosecutor Jerrod Mahurin says that several teachers did contact his office for “legal advice," but no one has filed a complaint.

NBC News reports that the active shooter drills are part of Missouri law: "In August 2013, the state legislature took a cue from a handful of post-Sandy Hook lawmakers, like the ones in Illinois and Arkansas, and voted to require every school district to conduct simulated shooter drills meant to help law enforcement craft strategies to take down active shooters, as well as to familiarize teachers with the sound of guns and teach them to act quickly.”

Missouri State Teachers Association spokesman Todd Fuller told CBS St. Louis, “I think what we’re going to see is a need to readdress and reevaluate the statute."

Sources: CBS St. Louis and NBC News

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