Published: Sat, March 24, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

School Arms Students With Rocks To Stop Possible School Shooter

School Arms Students With Rocks To Stop Possible School Shooter

A superintendent in Pennsylvania thought old-school when scouring for ideas to protect students against potential school shooters: a bucket of rocks.

Part of the district's safety plan equips each classroom with a five-gallon bucket of river stones, with the idea that anyone who enters a classroom with a weapon will be faced with a room full of students ready to stone them.

According to the training institute's website, "ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) Training instructor-led classes provide preparation and a plan for individuals and organizations on how to more proactively handle the threat of an aggressive intruder or active shooter event".

In addition to the stone buckets, Blue Mountain schools take other security measures.

David Helsel, his school's classrooms are equipped with scores of stones so that students may throw them in case of an active shooter situation. "And they will be stoned", said Helsel.

A senior at Blue Mountain High School liked the idea of being armed with the river stones because "rocks are better than books and pencils".


The superintendent stressed that the rocks are only used as a "last resort".

"I think Adams is a pretty safe community overall, but you know there's been a couple things that have happened in the last several months that have been a little nerve wracking and so I think that's what motivated the school to go ahead and get the cameras installed", Goslee said.

The district has no plans to arm teachers at this time, Helsel said, though there is one employee trained as a security guard and the district plans to train more employees.

A parent also told WNEP that the buckets of rocks are "absurd".

"Everyone laughed. That's what I had a problem with.school districts in Pennsylvania are so under-funded, then they joke about kids having to defend themselves", she said.

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