Schools have been looking for alternative means of keeping their students safe following the string of recent school shootings. President Trump purposed that teachers be allowed to carry firearms, which garnered mixed reactions. One superintendent thinks he may have discovered a way for students to stay safe without arming teachers — and it’s unorthodox, to say the least.
Dr. David Helsel, who is the superintendent of the Blue Mountain School District in Pennsylvania, has purposed students be armed 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
“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,” he explained while speaking at the House Education Committee last week.
Helsel made it a point to clarify that using the rocks would be a last resort. “We have devices installed in our doors that help to secure them, to make it very difficult to break through,” the superintendent said. “We also have, we train kids and talk about barricading the doors.”
According to KTLA5, parents and students alike have both agreed the alternative is a good idea. “It matters because it will help protect the schools, anything helps, rocks are better than books and pencils.” one student at Blue Mountain High School said.
When asked how he thought of rocks as an alternative to arming teachers, Helsel told ABC News: “We’ve been trying to be proactive just in case,” he said. “We wanted to provide some type of last response to an intruder,” Helsel said, “rather than crawling under a desk and getting shot.”
The general public outside of the school districts seems to be scratching their heads collectively. How would rocks stop a school shooting? If anything, the gunman could become more irritated being pelted with stones.
To that, Helsel replied, “How can you aim a gun if you’re being pelted with rocks?”