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    12 Jan 2015

    School Principal Suggests Arming Kids With These Unusual Items to Defend Against School Shooters

    Priscella P. Holley, principal at the W.F. Burns Middle School in Valley, AL, sent a letter to parents this past week in which she urged them to protect their children from potential school shooters by arming them with canned food.
    The text of the letter reads:
    We are dedicated to educating and keeping our children safe at school. As a result of school shootings throughout the United States and discussing with law enforcement on the best procedure to follow to keep our children safe, we are enhancing our procedure for intruders.
    The procedure will be the same as we have done in the past with the addition of arming our students with a canned food item. We realize at first this may seem odd, however it is a practice that could keep an intruder off-guard. The canned food item could stun the intruder or even knock him out until the police arrive. The canned food item will give the students a sense of empowerment to protect themselves and will make them feel secure in case an intruder enters their classroom.

    The procedure is being used in other schools in our area and in the United States.
    We are asking each student to bring an 8 oz. canned food item (corn, beans, peas, etc) to use in case an intruder enters the classroom. We hope the canned food items will never be used or needed, but it is best to be prepared. At the end of the school year, the cans will be donates to The Food Closet.

    Note that W.F. Burns Middle School is not the first school to try and protect children with canned food. According to the Lake Geneva News, “many classrooms [in that locality] are now keeping acollection of canned foods — soups and vegetables, for example”:
    The intent is, if an intruder bursts into class, the teacher and his or her students will each throw canned foods at them.
    Stevie Yang at The Voice blog reports that this same tactic is being employed in Massachusetts via some new training method known as ALICE, or Alert-Lockdown-Inform-Counter-Evacuate:
    Each science classroom is equipped with cans of soup to be thrown at the intruder in the instance that the intruder enters the classroom.

    Other municipalities prefer different methods. For instance, back in September 2013, Arkansas voted to allow “school districts in the state to declare [themselves] a private corporation to provide the opening to arm school teachers and list them as security guards.”

    Read More: http://downtrend.com/vsaxena/canned-food-school-shootings/
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