With the Parkland, Florida school shooting just 5 weeks behind us now, there is still a raging debate over how best to keep our children safe while away at school.
Of the options, two seem to be the most prevalent; Hiring trained security to stand guard outside of our schools, or arm our teachers. The former seems to be established as the way to go at the current juncture, but the fight over how to fund and institute that sort of system could drag on for years.
As far as arming teachers go, the only method that would feasibly work would be an “opt-in” model where teachers would be required to undergo training, but nothing would be provided by the school, i.e.: The government.
Now, one school in Pennsylvania has found a third option: Rocks.
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.
That’s right: Rocks.
Don’t worry, parents: Rocks are not considered a primary piece of the security scenario at Blue Mountain.
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.
The rocks, Helsel says, are a “last resort”.