A Bucket of Rocks to Deal with a School Shooter: Paleolithic Security?

A school superintendent has equipped classrooms with an emergency stash of rocks to throw at a school shooter.

So every school is thinking about what they should do to deal with a school shooter. But, once you’re realized how expensive school security is (because, let’s face it, most schools will never be attacked) and also that arming teachers is never permitted, you don’t have many rational options left.

One school superintendent hasn’t allowed that to stop him.

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WNEP 16 reports, “Superintendent Says Students Are Armed with Rocks In Case of a School Shooting.

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 students armed with rocks and they will be stoned,” said Dr. David Helsel.


The superintendent of the Blue Mountain School District was explaining his unconventional form of protecting the students in their schools in the event of an active shooter situation: give them rocks.

“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,” said Helsel.


But if a teacher decides to lockdown a classroom, there are rocks in a five-gallon bucket kept in every classroom closet that students could throw if shooters get inside.

The AP story included interaction with a security expert about the plan,

Kenneth Trump, president of the Cleveland-based National School Safety and Security Services, a K-12 security consulting firm, calls the idea illogical and irrational and said it could possibly cost lives.

He said the efforts fill an emotional security need, but don’t actually enhance security.

Supposedly, a bucket of rocks is better that nothing. That’s the typical response.

Maybe. But if the goal is to prevent student deaths in the most reliable way possible, then no one can claim this “stone age” strategy is the best solution. The question is, what has driven us to the point that a school superintendent was constrained to rely on rocks because nothing better was available.

The answer, of course, is government. Government has reduced us to this.

Read the full WNEP story.

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