Just when you think that you’ve heard the most ridiculous proposal for how to protect students in our current panic state over school shootings, you come across a story that simply makes you shake your head and do a face palm.
Here’s the latest foolishness: the Blue Mountain School District in Pennsylvania has a plan for how they will help to protect students and teachers in the event of an active shooter situation: every teacher will be armed with a five pound bucket of rocks.
No, I’m not kidding. School Superintendent David Helsel said,
“We’re empowering our teachers and our students to do something. They hit somebody in the head it could actually knock them out or even hit them in the temple, it could kill them.”
Now, maybe these folks are thinking of the story of David and Goliath when they are thinking about using rocks as weapons, but, if that’s the case, they apparently forgot that David had a sling shot and that David also had experience killing wild animals in protecting his sheep. I’m concerned, frankly, that this proposal to have a bucket of rocks in each classroom is nothing more than setting up our sheep students to be sitting ducks.
Some teachers have come out supporting the bucket of rocks strategy. Rachel Blevins writes,
Randy Nunemacher, a middle school math teacher, was supportive of the idea. He told WBRE, “We’re going to throw them at a person who comes through the door as hard as we can.”
Other teachers were more nuanced in their support of the plan. A middle school math teacher, Jill Kerstetter said, “I’m not sure anyone has one answer, but doing something is better than sitting doing nothing.”
To be fair, Helsel says that “it is the most he can do to arm teachers under the current laws.” That very well may be true, and, if so, the people of Pennsylvania need to have some laws changed and fast. Because the kind of laws that make a teacher almost completely incapable of protecting their students, even if they would like to be armed, is simply a law that is a death sentence.
THIS “idea” was thought out by people that are as DUMB as a “bag of rocks”.
Shows you the mentality of these school “officials”
What happens when STUDENTS gets P.O.’d at their “Teacher?” (which happens occasionally)
The “teacher” might get “stoned” in retaliation. MORONS!
Try not to BREAK ANY WINDOWS!
I must be confused, to me it sound like the School Superintend and teacher are promoting
the murder of another person. I though the bottom feeding leftist liberals were against
killing after all they howl like ruptured bull if the police kill someone especially if they have a
gun to actually defend themselves. Rocks against a derange shooter is a quick way to cause
more deaths of innocents. Make more sense to actually have validated and trained individuals
in the schools with weapons to take out a shooter if one should appear.
Personally I would not want this school supertendant nor teacher to be anywhere close to my
child and inflicting them with their ignorance in the simple matter of self defense are education.
Everyone else is moving forward in the modern age, but the Blue Mountain School District is moving backwards to the stone age. All the idiots on the Blue Mountain School District Board need to be stoned to death.
I BELIEVE THEY ARE STONED and it AIN’T WATER!
I can see the headline now:
The teacher, bravely threw rock after rock at the shooter, he ducked, he weaved, one rock glanced off the shooters shoulder barely missing his temple. The shooter patiently waited for the teacher to empty his bucket.
And when he did…….
The school district is now going to invest in
How ridiculous! They’ll allow staff and students to throw rock but won’t consider letting the staff members arming themselves?? Might as well give them all knives and tell them to bring those to a gun fight…
Throw a rock at anyone who comes in through the door. I hope that it is the principle or one of the school board.
Getting in position to throw a rock or hand grenade makes one a big target to get shot first! Has any of today’s young teachers ever played guns or war as kids and learned how to fight? Playing that teaches that everyone, no matter how good or fast you are, you eventually get killed. Thus you don’t take a rock or knife to a gun fight unless suicide is the goal! Change the law is what you should do now!
Guess you never heard of the 21 foot rule… Go get trained
The intruder already has the gun out and is shooting. That’s how these idiots know to go to the bucket of rocks. Think Kyle, think!
Stupid teachers are a product of federally-controlled schools. The socialist one-world tyrants do not want a nation of thinkers; rather, they want a nation of workers — i.e., stupid, mindless, and submissive slaves. Most of our government teachers have “achieved” that “competency” level. This will stop only when the thinkers vote every 2 years (instead of only every 4 years for a “king”) and clean up the House of Representatives, who can put a stop to all of it by their control of the nation’s purse strings. AND THERE AIN’T NO MAGIC BULLET. Join the JBS.
Why not just have the students and teachers bury their heads in the sand! Then the shooter won’t see them!!! But having a bucket of rocks and telling kids they should throw them at other students is just asking for trouble!!!
That’s the same mentality that was around in the 50s and 60s. We had nuclear bomb drills by hiding under our desks. That is of no benefit to protect the students. The responsibility of a teacher is protecting their students. If they are unable to fulfill that obligation then they don’t belong in a classroom.
Kind of like bringing a knife to a gunfight, only worse. Can liberals get anymore asinine?
Of course they could just cower in place… I mean shelter in place…. You should be giving this school props for telling the students you CAN defend yourself and don’t need to be a helpless victim
I went through the very tough war,BUT NEVER heard of that,What the HEAVEN did he mention about?????????????????
Rocks are better than nothing. Get several teachers throwing rocks would mAke anyone tho k again.
STUPID remark. Students will find a lot of rocks in the classroom. To do much damage the rock would have to be tennis ball size or bigger IF it hits the right spot. The kids were told to stand up, be a target, and throw a rock.
What? thats assenine ,just bring a knife to a gun fight!The old saying. throw rocks at a gun wielding IDIOT! Get Real!
NOT JUST YOU SCOTT BUT MOST OF ALL OF WHAT THE OTHERS ON THIS SITE HAVE SAID . IT JUST SO HAPPENS THAT IN THE THIRD GRADE ON MY WAY HOME N HAWAII 14 OTHER KIDS WERE CONVINCED TO FOLLOW ONE OTHER TO REVENGE A PATROL BOY BEAT UP AND IT DID NOT MATTER WHO THEY GOT JUST AS LONG AS OTHERS WERE ENTERTAINED WITH THE FIGHT . ORDERING MY SISTERS AHEAD DID NOT HELP BUT FINALLY CLIPPING THE FELLOW UP SIDE THE HEAD WITH A ROCK DID . THEN A D ONLY THEN DID A ADULT COME BY IN A CAR WHICH IS WHAT WE WERE LOOKING FOR IN THIS NEW TOWN WE HAD MOVED TOO???!!!!! OF COURSE LIKEN TO WAR I AM GOING TO HIT A SHOOTER WITH ANYTHING AT HAND , EVEN THE TEACHER IF NECESSARY . HA I DO NOT HAVE TO RUN FASTER THAN THE BEAR JUST FASTER THAN YOU . ? WHAT ? !!! IT DOES BRING TO MIND THE SIMPLETONS IN THE WORLD TRADE TOWERS . IF I AM ON THE 110 FLOOR AND THE BUILDING SHAKES YOU CAN FIND ME ON THE FIRST FLOOR PUB ——– IN KANSAS !!!!! HA HA HA HA HA HA WHAT? THE BROKERAGE BOSS ON THE 110 FLOOR TOLD THE PEOPLE TO GO BACK TO WORK . HOW MANY WOULD HAVE MADE IT PAST THE 80 FLOOR OR OUT OF THE BUILDING ALTOGETHER . THANK YHHY THAT IT- BOTH FELL STRAIGHT DOWN IMAGINE the KOBE JAPAN FALL OVER . WHAT IS THE KILL RADIUS FOR THAT !????
This has to be an April fools joke… Or?
In any event, if rocks can be potentially deadly (as stated), then we need to have a National Registry and background check for anyone who may pose a threat by collecting rocks, displaying rocks or indeed, just admiring rocks… The unauthorized possession of rocks, needs to outlawed and strict control of those, who request permission or a license to own them.
I think that ought to solve the problem! 🙂
I agree, each rock needs a serial number, a date of creation on each one. Then each person that has access to these rocks need to be fingerprinted, photographed and registered with police. Throwing an unauthorized rock or using someone else’s will be a felony.
WHAT IS SCARIER THAN THE TEACHERS THROWING ROCKS IS THAT FACT THAT THESE MORONS ARE ENTRUSTED WITH TEACHING OUR CHILDREN.
I thought I knew what stupidity was………I was wrong. Evidently there is a whole new level.
Blame it on our education system.When stupidity is the level of the educator the results will be stupid.
So They will give each pupal a baseball size rock when they walk into the room or the school, as I’m sure a shooter would stop shooting so his “targets” could go get rocks?
I don’t understand why the rocks would be in a bucket controlled by the teacher. When I went to school, the rocks were scattered all over the classroom floor, available to anyone. Where were your classroom rocks kept? You did have them, right? Wasn’t it a state law? And the student closest to the classroom door had the red chalk to draw a bullseye on the shooter’s head, so everyone would know where to aim. That’s why there were so few school shootings back then.
When I went to school we had gun safety classes with real guns. Perhaps just knowing guns were in the school prevented shootings.
Many people have complained that a student might take the gun from a teacher who is conceal carrying and do harm to others in their classroom. A biometrically controlled safe would alleviate that possibility.
It seems likely that same student would take the bucket of rocks and do damage to others in the classroom (As suggested by Cliff above.), unless the rocks are kept in a biometrically controlled safe. In which case a gun would be a better use of the safe.
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