School shootings are a very prominent topic lately. While some are advocating arming teachers with firearms, the Blue Mountain School District in Schuylkill County Has a different approach.
As a last resort defense against an active shooter, Superintendent Dr. David Helsel has placed five gallon buckets full of rocks in every classroom.
Helsel is quoted as saying:
“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 teachers, staff and students have also received active shooter training, and one employee is trained as a security guard.
Superintendent Helsel said that teachers in the district have been trained in how to evacuate in the event of a school shooting, but the rock plan serves as a backup.
“At one time I just had the idea of river stone, they’re the right size for hands, you can throw them very hard, and they will create or cause pain, which can distract.”
Schools everywhere have been making security changes recently.
High school students in the Hazleton Area School District currently are not allowed to bring backpacks into school, very similar to other districts who have adopted the change in light of recent events.
Some schools have gone as far as banning cell phones due to false threats being made through anonymous texting apps.
As far as changes go, the Blue Mountain School District is the first to arm students with rocks.
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