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WATCH: Superintendent: To Combat School Shooters, We’re Arming Students — With Rocks

By  Ryan Saavedra

Last week, the superintendent of the Blue Mountain School District testified to the House Education Committee in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania that he has decided to arm students to fight school shooters — with rocks.

Dr. David Helsel said in his testimony that students have a right to protect themselves against a potential shooter by throwing large rocks at them if they enter the classroom, WNEP reported.

“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 Helsel.

Helsel explained his unconventional method of how to protect students to the local ABC affiliate.

“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,” said Helsel.

“We have devices installed in our doors that help to secure them, to make it very difficult to break through,” Helsel continued. “We also … train kids and talk about barricading the doors. It matters because it will help protect the schools, anything helps, rocks are better than books and pencils.”


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