The can is mightier than the sword? Probably not. But parents of children at WF Burns Middle School in Valley, Alabama, are being asked to arm their children with them just the same.
While most schools are trying to ban any would-be weapons from its halls, these cans of beans and soup are being allocated as self-defence tools should an armed intruder enter the school.
"We realize at first this may seem odd; however, it is a practice that would catch an intruder off-guard," the letter sent home to parents read. “The canned food item could stun the intruder or even knock him out until the police arrive. The canned food item will give the students a sense of empowerment to protect themselves and will make them feel secure in case an intruder enters the classroom.”
The school insists the canned-goods collection is all part of an active shooter response training offered by the ALICE Training Institute.
(“ALICE” stands for “alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate.”)
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