A Pennsylvania school district has stocked every classroom with a bucket of stones so students as young as four can use them to fight off shooters. Despite polls showing that large numbers of Americans support stricter gun-control measures, Congress has thus far not produced any significant legislation, and schools and other officials have looked to other solutions.
But, his school district is also doing more than just providing their students with natural ammunition.
The tactic has been criticised by security expert Kenneth Trump, president of security consulting firm National School Safety and Security Services, who called the idea illogical and irrational and said it could possibly cost lives. Dr. Helsel says that one stone can inflict a lot of pain and distract a shooter.
The superintendent provided BuzzFeed News with an image of some of the river rocks that have been collected and stashed in buckets in each of his school's classrooms.
Helsel told BuzzFeed News that the buckets filled with rocks, which they call "go buckets", have been in classrooms for two years now, and are a "last-resort" effort in the district's active school shooter defense plan, which also includes automatic door-securing technology, as well as lock-in and lockdown procedures.
Another district had floated the idea of using golf balls, Helsel said, according Fox News but that idea did not seem effective to him. The district has no plans to arm teachers, but each school will train and certify a maintenance worker to carry a gun.
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He added that he was brought back to India within weeks of the shootout, but was "released" by the government months later. Singh said there was hope, but then seeing the situation there, chances of missing people being alive seemed slim".
But parents and students have been supportive of the plan.
"At this point, we have to get creative, we have to protect our kids first and foremost, throwing rocks, it's an option", she said.
"We've been trying to be proactive, just in case", Helsel told ABC.
'We wanted to provide some type of last response to an intruder. rather than crawling under a desk and getting shot'.