Last week, along with thousands of other online news outlets, we collectively ridiculed the Pennsylvania school superintendent who declared he would arm his classrooms with 5-gallon buckets of “river stones” to defend against future school shooters.
He was obviously humiliated and embarrassed beyond belief. He must have seen the light after that because Monday morning, it has been reported that they’re doing away with the rock-fighting idea and moving to the only proven, known solution to stopping a bad guy with a gun — which is a good guy with a gun.
The Pennsylvania school district that faced a social media backlash over news that it armed students with rocks to fight off mass shooters now says it will be adding good guys with guns for protection.
On March 23, Breitbart News reported that Schuylkill County schools, in the Blue Mountain School District, had placed buckets full of rocks in classrooms so that students could throw the rocks at bad men with guns.
WNEP quoted Superintendent Dr. David Helsel saying, “Every classroom has been equipped with a five-gallon bucket of river stone. 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.”
Helsel indicated he thought of the plan himself: “At one time I just had the idea of river stone, they’re the right size for hands, you can throw them very hard and they will create or cause pain, which can distract.”
Fox News reported the school district faced “public mockery” for the plan and is now announcing it will use good guys with guns to protect students.
Helsel lamented that he and his “last resort” strategy of throwing rocks made national headlines.