Pa. school district to give students rocks to fight active shooters

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March 23--Forget bringing a knife to a gunfight.

The Blue Mountain School District in Pennsylvania is arming teachers and students with buckets of rocks as a defense against possible school shooters, Superintendent David Helsel said.

"We always strive to find new ways to keep our students safe," Helsel said. He added that river stones are just the right size to "create or cause pain, which can distract."

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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.

Helsel's zany plan to provide every classroom in the district about 90 miles northwest of Philadelphia with a five-gallon bucket of stones has the support of students in the area.

A senior at the Blue Mountain High School told WNEP "it matters because it will help protect the schools. Anything helps; rocks are better than books and pencils."

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Parent Dori Bornstein said, "At this point, we have to get creative, we have to protect our kids first and foremost. Throwing rocks, it's an option."

Helsel said the rocks are just one part of a broad security plan called "ALICE," which stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate.

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