District arms teachers with rocks in case of school shooter

According to the superintendent, throwing rocks is more effective than hiding under the desks and waiting for the attacker to open fire.

"School districts in Pennsylvania are so under-funded, then they joke about kids having to defend themselves", she said.

"Obviously, a rock against a gun isn't a fair fight, but it's better than nothing", he said.

The Superintendent of a school district in Pennsylvania is under fire after coming up with a plan to arm students with rocks to scare off and or stone a potential shooter to death. Students in the middle school were also encouraged to partake in 17 acts of kindness, honoring each of the 17 victims killed February 14 in the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla.

"We've been doing this long before the Florida thing; this was not a response to the latest tragedy", Helsel said, adding that he believes that some media outlets have taken the plan "out of context to make it look silly".

A senior at Blue Mountain High School also told the station "it matters because it will help protect the schools".

Dr. David Helsel of the Blue Mountain School District, drew criticism after telling legislators in Harrisburg about his rocky strategy and says students received Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate (ALICE) active shooter training, reports WGNTV.

Schuylkill County residents are a bit divided on the plan. To say I'm angry is an understatement.

"We're going to throw them at a person who comes through the door as hard as we can", said Randy Nunemacher, a middle school teacher. "Get me out of here".

The country is still debating how to prevent school shootings after Nikolas Cruz, 19, opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and killed 17 people in Parkland, Fla., last month. The Trump administration has proposed a push for states to provide firearms training for teachers and other school staff members.

"It's absurd, arm the teachers", said another.

  • Jon Douglas