ORWIGSBURG, Pa. – A rural school district in Pennsylvania is the arming of teachers and students with buckets of rocks in what the director says, would be a last resort should an armed intruder burst in.
Blue Mountain School District, Director David Helsel says every classroom in the district, about 90 miles (145 km) northwest of Philadelphia, has a 5-gallon bucket of river stones.
He says the rocks are a small part of the district’s overall security plan.
He says that it is more effective than just crawling under a desk, and gives students and teachers a chance to defend themselves.
A student says he supports the plan, adding that the throwing of stones is better than throwing books or pencils.
Kenneth Trump, president of school security consulting firm, calls the thought is irrational and says that it could possibly cost lives.