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ORWIGSBURG — A rural school district in Schuylkill County 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.

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

The rocks are one small part of the district’s overall security plan, he said.

It is more effective than just crawling under desks, he said, and gives students and teachers a chance to defend themselves.

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

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

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