Pennsylvania’s Blue Mountain School District superintendent David Helsel made a comment last week that the district would be arming teachers with a 5-gallon bucket of landscaping stones in each classroom. His comment immediately brought criticism and ridicule over the idea of students and teachers having to hurl rocks at an armed attacker.
The school district announced on Sunday that beginning this week, there will be increased security at schools due to the media attention the comments received.
“This attention was due to social media posts that took comments out of context and misrepresented our actual planned response to armed intruders,” a Facebook post from the school district said.
“This unfortunate circumstance has increased our concern regarding the possibility that something may happen because of the media attention. Starting tomorrow and into the near future, we have arranged for additional armed security for our buildings.”
“We wanted to provide some type of last response to an intruder rather than crawling under a desk and getting shot,” Helsel said.
According to Helsel, the rocks would be a last-ditch measure and that it “is better than doing nothing.” He also said the plan was first implemented last fall.
Arming teachers with guns has increasingly entered into the public debate following the February 14 shooting in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 students and teachers. President Donald Trump has repeatedly advocated teachers being armed as a possible solution to combat mass shootings.
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