Pennsylvania school district arms students with bucket full of rocks in case of a shooter

Pennsylvania school district arms students with bucket full of rocks in case of a shooter

Pennsylvania school district arms students with bucket full of rocks in case of a shooter

Buckets full of river stones have been placed in all classrooms at the Blue Mountain School District in Schuylkill County



If students at the rural school district can’t evacuate during a shooting, they don’t have to sit and wait.

“Protocol has been that students lie down, under desks and basically become passive targets on our classrooms,” Helsel said. “We decided to empower our students with tools of self-defense if needed.”

“Every classroom has been equipped with a five-gallon bucket of river stone,” Helsel said. “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 admits the rocks are a “last ditch” effort. But it’s better than students cowering in fear and doing nothing, he said.

The rocks are called “go buckets,” and the district has trained students on their use for about two years.

I guess it’s better than nothing. Hopefully stones don’t get banned. 

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