School tells students to throw canned food at potential shooters

Jan 15, 2015 4:22 PM by WVTM

One Alabama school district's new approach to fighting off school intruders is raising eyebrows.

W.F. Burns Middle School in Valley is asking its students to bring in canned food items. The items aren't for consumption, but for student and teacher protection in the case of an emergency.

The strategy, according to Superintendent Dr. Kelli Hodge, was inspired by Auburn University's Department of Public Safety. During a lockdown situation, students are trained to block the classroom door with their desks. If the intruder is still somehow able to make it into the classroom, the students would then resort to the cans.

"You try to evacuate and keep people informed and away from harm's way as much as possible. And you know, that this is just really a very small part. But you know, the whole canned good thing just sort of took people by surprise," Hodge says.


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