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Alabama Middle School Students Trained To Throw Canned Foods at Armed Intruders

Licence to CanParents of W.F.Burns Middle School in Valley, Alabama received some interesting letters in the mail from The Principal Priscilla Holley. The head scratching notices described a new program being implemented that includes bringing can foods to School to stash for defense against Armed Intruders. The program with Collaboration with Law Enforcement Officers is getting mixed reviews, On Facebook alone a rash of comments from concerned parties stating the danger and stupidity of this method. With comments like " You never bring a can of food to a Gunfight" another read "Have you ever been hit by a can of peas? it this as the last resort might help if they get hit enough times." some applauded the School for at least doing something to fight back, A number responses stated that The best way, to defend student, would be an armed staff. Administrators believe this can food assault would catch the Armed Infiltrator off guard, or even knocking him or her out until Police arrive. In the letter sent home it says, "The canned food item would give the kids a sense of empowerment to protect themselves and will make them feel secure in case an intruder enters the classroom." Superintendent of Chambers County Schools Dr. Kelli Hodge agrees that Evacuating the children, not throwing cans of green beans, is the main point of the Policy. Hodge went on and said "I can honestly say that the Major point of the training is to be able to get the kids evacuated and not to be sitting ducks." Dr.Hodge continued and mentioned that Schools in 30 other States and Auburn University are using this same program. The program in question is the A.L.I.C.E. an Active Shooter Emergency Preparedness program. The acronym stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. The State Department of Education said "understandably this is a sensitive topic. There is no single answer of what to do, Bur a Survival Mindset can increase the odds of Surviving." "There are 3 basic options: Run, Hide, or Fight. You can run away from the shooter, seek a secure place where you can hide and/or deny the shooter to access, or incapacitate the shooter to survive and protect others from harm."

By Andre' Esparza -