We have all heard the saying “don’t bring a knife to a gunfight” but did anybody ever say anything about rocks? A school district in Pennsylvania has reported that it is arming their students with rocks to allow them to defend themselves in the event of a school shooting taking place.
David Helsel, the superintendent of Blue Mountain School District in Schuylkill County said at a House Education Committee hearing on school safety this week that his districts classrooms are equipped with 5 gallon buckets filled with river rocks.
“If an armed intruder attempts to gain entrance to any of our classrooms, they will face a classroom full of students armed with rocks,” Helsel said. “And they will be stoned.”
“If you have a 5-gallon bucket full of river stones, and we have 25 students and a teacher, it will serve as a deterrent,” he said. “We have some people who have some pretty good arms. They can chuck some rocks pretty fast.
The superintendent also mentioned that the buckets had been in the classrooms for two years. News outlets picked up on the story this week after he spoke about the plan at a hearing. Helsel believes that media outlets have taken it “out of context to make it look silly.”
School safety has shined under the spotlight this month following the school shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last month.