Pennsylvania school district arms students with rocks
School district intends to protect students from active shooters with stone sparks debate.
Pennsylvania school district that attracted the attention of the media and the public ridicule for his plan to arm students with rocks in the case of an active shooter situation, has arranged to add armed security for the buildings.
Blue Mountain School District, Director David Helsel made the announcement Sunday night in a statement on the website. The district currently has one maintenance worker who is trained and armed, according to the previous reports.
Helsel, says the influx of attention came from “social media messages that took the notes of the context and the biased our current planned responses to armed intruders (in particular with the planned use of the stones).”
PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL WANTS TO ARM STUDENTS WITH ROCKS TO PROTECT THEM AGAINST ACTIVE SHOOTERS
He added: “This unfortunate circumstance has increased our concern about the possibility that something can happen as a result of the media attention.”
The district has arranged for extra armed security for the buildings Monday, and “in the near future.”
Helsel told Fox News he was surprised that he made headlines after testifying to lawmakers in the state capitol about the reason why the school put 5-gallon buckets from the river stones in each class. The inspector said the stoning strategy is a “last resort.”
On Friday, Helsel posted a video on Facebook explaining the safety program, ALiCE, which stands for Alert, Lock Down, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.
He mentioned the need for the rock contingency is a “sad commentary on our current situation in our country.”
Caleb Parke is an associate editor for FoxNews.com. You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke