School District Arms Students with Rocks
A school district in Pennsylvania is arming teachers and students with buckets of rocks as a last resort should an armed intruder burst in.
Blue Mountain School District Superintendent David Helsel testified to lawmakers at the state capitol that his students could be armed with rocks in case of an active shooter lockdown, reported Fox News.
“Every classroom has been equipped with a five-gallon bucket of river stone,” Helsel told lawmakers. “If an armed intruder attempts to gain entrance into any of our classrooms, they will face a classroom full students armed with rocks and they will be stoned.”
Helsel said the school district has a series of safety measures already installed, including cameras and new security locks on classroom doors, as well as armed security and training for staff and students with ALICE, said Fox News.
But if an unarmed teacher decides to lockdown a classroom, Fox News said, instead of being passive as they had been trained to do in the past, Helsel said his kids will be empowered to defend themselves.
According to the Fox News report, Helsel said that while the teachers are not armed, the district is looking for volunteers at the school on maintenance staff to be properly trained and armed, adding that he hopes they never have to use any of the safety measures.