In this case, buckets full of river stones have been placed in all classrooms at the Blue Mountain School District in Schuylkill County. “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,” the strategy is. “We decided to empower our students with tools of self-defense if needed,” Superintendent David Helsel said.
Students in the district routinely drilled on shooter simulations and were given active-shooting training through a program known as ALICE, short for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. If students can’t leave the building, they’ll have their stones to use. This is an alternative to students hiding passively under desks. “Obviously a rock against a gun isn’t a fair fight, but it’s better than nothing,”, David Helsel said. Students were supportive of the idea and parents appear to like the district’s plan. “At this point, we have to get creative. We have to protect our kids first and foremost,” parent Dori Bornstein told to media. Hundreds of thousands of protesters are expected to converge in Washington on Saturday to call for stricter gun regulations.