PA School District Arms Students With Rocks To Combat School Shootings


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One school district in Pennsylvania has decided that they will stop school shootings by arming their students — with rocks.

The superintendent of the Blue Mountain school district in Schuylkill County told lawmakers last week that he will equip classrooms with a bucket of rocks that students and teachers can use to throw at gunmen, reports WHNT 19 News.

“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,” Dr. David Helsel said when testifying in front of the House Education Committee in Harrisburg, PA.

“Every classroom has been equipped with a five-gallon bucket of river stone,” Helsel explained. “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 additionally noted that there are devices in school doors that would hopefully prevent shooters from gaining access to classrooms during a lockdown situation. Teachers keep the buckets of rocks in their classroom closets just in case.

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