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Superintendent: Extra security planned at Blue Mountain schools

ORWIGSBURG, Pa. - A local school district that has armed teachers and students with rocks to ward off potential school shooters says there will be additional armed security at its buildings.

Blue Mountain School District Superintendent David Helsel posted a statement on the district's website saying there will be extra security starting Monday and "into the near future."

Helsel said the extra security is because of media attention over its planned response to school shooters. It was reported last week that as a last resort, students and staff are armed with river stones to throw at an intruder.

Helsel says the district made the decision to empower students with tools of self-defense if necessary, instead of having them become passive targets in their classes. He said the rocks are one small part of the district's overall security plan.

He says the added attention because of this plan has increased the district's concern that something could happen, so the extra security has been put in place.


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