PA school district is preemptively arming students with this weapon in case of a shooter

PA school district is preemptively arming students with this weapon in case of a shooter

Hey, it worked pretty well for David in the Bible!

In a quest to find solutions to combat possible shooters, the Blue Mountain School District in Schuylkill County, Penn., has left no stone unturned. Literally.

The district has placed buckets full of river stones in each classroom as a means of enabling students to fight back against an armed intruder. No, we’re not making this up.

“Protocol has been that students lie down, under desks and basically become passive targets on our classrooms,” Superintendent Davis Helsel explained. “We decided to empower our students with tools of self-defense if needed.”

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Wouldn’t it be slightly more empowering if the tools of self-defense included an armed resource officer or an armed teacher?

Helsel has explained that the bucket of rocks would serve as a last resort should there be a shooting, with the school implementing a procedure known as ALICE which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate.

“We understand that a gun is much more deadly than a stone,” Helsel added. “It’s our hope that we can somehow stop the ability of an armed intruder to enter our classrooms.”

Anti-gun zealots have been complaining about so-called “weapons of war” being too powerful even for police to combat with their own handguns.

“Who wants to go down the barrel of an AR-15, even with a Glock?” teen anti-gun wonder David Hogg questioned.

Yet, here we are asking students in a classroom to “go down the barrel of an AR-15” by launching pebbles at a mass shooter. Brilliant!

“At one time I just had the idea of river stones,” Helsel said. “They’re the right size for hands, you can throw them very hard and they will create or cause pain, which can distract.”

He may be onto something there. No doubt the shooter would be distracted by thoughts of “they can’t possibly be this stupid.”

Fox News host Pete Hegseth slammed the district for coming up with a “fundamentally unserious” proposal for neutralizing an active shooter.

My question for the school district is how they justify the presence of projectiles that can actually inflict injury. Doesn’t this violate their zero tolerance policy, which already punishes students who bring lethal weapons such as toaster pastries and Legos to school?

Cross posted at the Mental Recession

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is editor of the Mental Recession, one of the top conservative blogs of 2012. His writings have appeared at the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record.


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