An Alabama middle school principal wants to stockpile cans of food such as corn and peas in classrooms so that students could hurl them as weapons in a last-resort confrontation with a school intruder, reports the Associated Press. W.F. Burns Middle School Principal Priscella Holley asked parents to have each student bring an 8-ounce canned item. “We realize at first this may seem odd; however, it is a practice that would catch an intruder off guard,” she wrote in the letter to parents, published by TV station WHNT in Huntsville.
“The canned food item could stun the intruder or even knock him out until the police arrive,” Holley wrote. “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 their classroom.” The food cans would be stored in classrooms and students wouldn’t be carrying them around school. Using cans or other items as weapons would be a last resort for students unable to evacuate, Schools Superintendent Kelli Hodge told the AP.