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Pennsylvania school district supplies teachers with rocks in event of school shooter

25 March 2018

The Blue Mountain school district in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, which has three elementary schools and one middle school and high school, has supplied each classroom with a five-gallon bucket of river stones for students and teachers to use to retaliate with in the event a shooter enters the school. "If an armed intruder attempts to gain entrance into any of our classrooms, they will face a classroom full of students armed with rocks, and they will be stoned".

Helsel told BuzzFeed News that the buckets filled with rocks, which they call "go buckets", have been in classrooms for two years now, and are a "last-resort" effort in the district's active school shooter defense plan, which also includes automatic door-securing technology, as well as lock-in and lockdown procedures.

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"They have a big impact on the discipline and have a kids or product, so I think obviously they're responsible for their children", one parent said.

Before this, Helsel said the district "didn't really have a plan or program for armed intruders".

He stressed that doors have been re-enforced, making them hard to break through, and students have also been trained in "barricading the doors" to make breaching them even more hard.

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But parents and students have been supportive of the plan.

A Blue Mountain High School student told CBS46 that "rocks are better than books and pencils", but a college student told WNEP the situation was "comical". "We also have, we train kids and talk about barricading the doors".

Students are encouraged to arm themselves with a stone and get out of the shooter's line of sight rather crawl under their desks, which the president of the district believes makes them more vulnerable.

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Pennsylvania school district supplies teachers with rocks in event of school shooter