'Fundamentally Unserious': Hegseth Reacts to PA School's 'Bucket of Rocks' Defense Against Shooters
Pete Hegseth reacted to a Pennsylvania school superintendent who told the state legislature he planned to supply classrooms in his district with a "five gallon bucket full of river stones" to repel potential school shooters.
Superintendent David Helsel of Blue Mountain School District near New Ringgold, Pa. made the remarks before the State House Education Committee in Harrisburg.
"Every classroom will be equipped with a five-gallon bucket full of river stone," Helsel said. "If an armed intruder attempts to gain access to any of our classrooms, they will face a classroom full of students armed with rocks."
Hegseth criticized Helsel, saying that he needs a more "serious proposal" than stoning armed gunmen.
"It's fundamentally unserious," Hegseth said.
Abby Huntsman said "Fox & Friends" reached out to the administrators in the district, about 25 miles northwest of Allentown, and received no comment.
However, Helsel told the local Pottsville Republican-Herald newspaper that his district has been fielding phone calls on the issue and wanted to clear up what he said was a key misunderstanding.
Helsel said his comments made in Harrisburg were "taken completely out of context."
He said the bucket of rocks is only part of the Schuylkill County district's comprehensive plan to defend against an assailant.
Helsel said the first response will be to attempt to evacuate the school, and following a plan called ALICE - Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.
Helsel said the plan was developed by law enforcement after a student opened fire at Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Va. and killed more than two dozen people in 2007.
While the district lies alongside by a famously formidable stretch of the Appalachian Trail and has tons of glacial stone at its disposal, Helsel said the bucket-of-rocks defense is in actuality an extreme last resort.
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