One school district is flipping anything remotely similar to common sense protection for the students into something out of the Bible, and it could prove to be a deadly decision. Recent reports circulating state that the Blue Mountain School District in Pennsylvania will be arming every classroom with a weapon we only see used nowadays in the Middle East. A Bucket of rocks. That’s right, students will be responsible for “scaring away” any possible threat such as an active shooter by hurling river stones at him.
Am I the only one who sees a huge problem with this on so many levels? While many, including our own President, have called to arm and train teachers, Superintendent Dr. David Helsel has taken it upon himself to not only place our children in more danger, but also to provide a classroom with a bucket of weapons that students could potentially use against each other. Bullies exist at a higher rate now than ever before so handing them a new means by which to torment their victims probably isn’t the best idea.
According to Western Journal :
A Pennsylvania school district has placed a bucket of stones in each of its classrooms to be used for defense in the event of an active shooter.
Dr. David Helsel, superintendent of the Blue Mountain School District, testified before Pennsylvania’s House Education Committee in Harrisburg last week about his decision to arm students with the world’s oldest form of weaponry.
“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,” Helsel told the committee.
He further explained to WNEP, “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.”
The stones are kept in closets in each of the district’s classrooms.
Helsel added that the stones are not the only precautionary measures his district has taken.
He said the doors to the classrooms have been strengthened to make entry more difficult when the school goes into lockdown.
Further, Blue Mountain regularly conducts active-shooter drills, based on the ALICE program, which stands for: Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate.
The training program was developed by a Texas law enforcement officer in the aftermath of the 1999 Columbine shooting, according ALICE training company’s website.
The officer’s wife was a principal at an elementary school, and he wanted her to have a plan in place in the event of an active shooter.
Helsel told WNEP a maintenance man at the school is also a trained security guard and is armed.
The district plans to train and arm additional school personnel, as well.
Following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last month, President Donald Trump suggested arming gun-adept school faculty and other employees.
“When we declare our schools to be gun-free zones, it just puts our students in danger,” Trump declared at the Conservative Political Action Conference last month.
“When we declare our schools to be gun-free zones it just puts our students in far more danger”
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 24, 2018
He contended that teachers and other school personnel love their students and are in the best place to defend them.
Trump said those who are gun-proficient, like military veterans and sportsmen, probably make up at least 10 or 20 percent of any given school’s faculty.
The president further argued the added advantage of having designated conceal carry members of the faculty is that potential shooters will not know exactly who they will be facing, which will act as a deterrent.
“A teacher would have shot the h— out of (the Parkland shooter) before he ever knew what happened,” he said.
The Department of Homeland Security recommends anyone who finds themselves in an active-shooter situation to respond in one of three ways based on the circumstances.
First, run if there is a clear, accessible path. If that is not possible, hide in a place that is both out of sight and ideally, where bullets cannot penetrate. Lock and barricade the entrance to the hiding place, whenever possible.
Finally, if running or hiding is not an option, be prepared to fight.
DHS advises to aggressively seek to disrupt the shooter by throwing items and using other improvised weapons.
While I give this Superintendent respect for his follow up protective measures, one must really question the intelligence of the bucket of rocks. Maybe I am wrong, but those rocks won’t help the students much. The DHS may think its a great idea to essentially poke the bear, but further angering a gunman by hurling stones at him may turn out to work in the shooters favor by enraging him further.
By all means train and arm qualified personnel, but there has to be a better way for the students to defend themselves. Like alternate escape routes through windows or even extra fire extinguishers in each class to create a fog so the shooter can’t see the students. We shall see how this plays out. We pray these schools never find themselves in the position to have to go through any of this, but nowadays that is hard to judge.
H/T [ Western Journal ]