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District Arms Teachers With Rocks In Case Of School Shooter

ORWIGSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A rural school district in Pennsylvania is arming teachers and students with buckets of rocks in what the superintendent says would be a last resort should an armed intruder burst in.

Blue Mountain School District Superintendent David Helsel says every classroom in the district about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northwest of Philadelphia has a 5-gallon bucket of river stones.

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He says the rocks are one small part of the district's overall security plan.

He says it is more effective than just crawling under desks, and gives students and teachers a chance to defend themselves.

One student says he supports the plan, adding that throwing rocks is better than throwing books or pencils.

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Kenneth Trump, president of a school security consulting firm, calls the idea irrational and says it could possibly cost lives.

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