Can vs Gun
We've heard some dumb things over the years, but this is one of the dumbest:
- A middle school principal in eastern Alabama wants to stockpile cans of food such as corn and peas in classrooms so that students could hurl them as weapons in a last-resort confrontation with a school intruder.
In a letter Friday, W.F. Burns Middle School Principal Priscella Holley asked parents to have each student bring an 8-ounce canned item.
"We realize at first this may seem odd; however, it is a practice that would catch an intruder off guard," she wrote in the letter, published by CBS affiliate WHNT in Huntsville.
"The canned food item could stun the intruder or even knock him out until the police arrive," Holley wrote. "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."
Maybe they could have a sock drive later? You put the cans in the socks and you have a pretty effective flail-weapon. Or how about a "padlock and shoelaces" drive? We've seen that very weapon in the hands of too many high school offenders to count. Or how about hire an off-duty copper to patrol inside, check doors, check IDs of persons entering and maybe interacting with the kids to give them a positive experience in dealing with law enforcement? Does that make too much sense?
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