INSANE! Pennsylvania Students Will Be Armed With Rocks In Case Of School Shooting
Bring a rock to a gunfight? Rock, paper, gun… Seriously?
Imagine parents, your child’s school trains them to throw rocks at an armed gunman? Rocks thrown by children’s hands vs. bullets fired at supersonic speeds in quick succession. Who would win? Seriously, what the heck is wrong with the superintendent?
I’m sure students armed with “assault rocks” will be just fine… Right? Would this foolish superintendent stand up against a gun with a few rocks?
“My dad gave me a desert eagle to protect myself. What about you, Charlie Brown?”https://t.co/JKWCeRftNe
— Morris Dutchley (@Dutchtica) March 23, 2018
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SCHUYLKILL COUNTY, Pa. – There’s a rocky controversy when it comes to school safety in one Pennsylvania County.
The superintendent of the Blue Mountain School District is in the spotlight after telling lawmakers in Harrisburg his students protect themselves against potential school shooters with rocks.
“Every classroom has been equipped with a five-gallon bucket of river stone. 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,” said Dr. David Helsel, testifying to the House Education Committee last week in Harrisburg.
“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,” Helsel told WNEP.
Helsel says teachers, staff, and students were given active shooter training through a program known as ALICE which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate and they routinely hold evacuation drills for active shooter simulations.
But if a teacher decides to lockdown a classroom, there are rocks in a five-gallon bucket kept in every classroom closet that students could throw if shooters get inside.
Still, Helsel says the rocks are seen as a last resort.
“We have devices installed in our doors that help to secure them, to make it very difficult to break through,” said Helsel. “We also have, we train kids and talk about barricading the doors.”
A teenager who is a senior a Blue Mountain High School and says he and other students like that plan.
“It matters because it will help protect the schools, anything helps, rocks are better than books and pencils.”
Parents do as well.
“At this point, we have to get creative, we have to protect our kids first and foremost, throwing rocks, it’s an option,” said Dori Bornstein.
But not everyone thinks this is a practical line of defense.
“I think that’s rather comical,” said one college student in Schuylkill Haven. More
https://t.co/UEGlYvlPYG. Rocks! That’ll show em.
— Nik🎀 (@agirlnamednick) March 23, 2018
Really? You’ve got to be kidding me! Life in America continues to get more & more bizarre!! Kids armed with rocks for protection against an armed intruder? Asinine ❄🤓❄ #ThisIsWhyIResist https://t.co/IIOi9yGRHb
— Kim (@TheRealKIngram) March 23, 2018
Talk about an idea as dumb as a box of rocks….https://t.co/gLwIvYFedc
— Maracat (@MaracatMews) March 23, 2018
“Every classroom has been equipped with a five-gallon bucket of river stone. 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.” — https://t.co/j1j8GExuIh
— LIFERUIN (@tylrmyrs) March 23, 2018
Proving schools’ defense against terrorist maniacs is from the Stone Age… https://t.co/GIuLXUnvH8
— Tony Pizza (@trivialtony) March 23, 2018
RIDICULOUS!! This is more insane than the district that told kids to bring soup cans to attack gunmen several years ago. Another flawed ALICE training. FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTAL, PROVEN BEST PRACTICES!!! #schoolsafety #schoolsecurity #edchat #suptchat https://t.co/fbMV43gwaw
— Kenneth Trump (@safeschools) March 23, 2018
Of course. Because it takes longer for a rock to hit a shooter than a bullet. Makes perfect sense.
— Jewhadi™ (@JewhadiTM) March 23, 2018