The state of Alabama, living up to it’s reputation, has a middle school in the small town of Valley in Chambers County called W.F. Burns Middle School where the principal, Priscella Holley, has asked parents to have each student bring an 8-ounce canned item..not for donation to the needy, but to be used as a weapon just in case.
Chambers County Schools Superintendent Kelli Hodge wrote: “The canned food item could stun the intruder or even knock him out until the police arrive giving the students a sense of empowerment to protect themselves and will make them feel secure in case an intruder enters their classroom.”
“However, Chance Corbett, Auburn’s associate director of public safety, said he had actually referred the school to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency for active shooter training after learning Monday that school officials wanted the training.
Teachers are taught to barricade classroom doors if an intruder is in the school, but if that fails, the cans and items such as textbooks could be used, she said.
Asked whether throwing cans of food could make a student a target, Hodge said: “If it comes to the situation that they are forced to do that, then they are a target because they’ve not been able to evacuate.”
If the cans are not needed for security, they will be donated to a local food pantry at the end of the year, Holley told parents.
“We had a meeting at the school last night to try to educate parents on it because there had been such a stir,” Hodge said. About 15 parents showed up and most of the discussion was positive, she said.”