While many schools are allowing staff with permits to carry a gun to protect themselves and their students, a Heath, Ohio, school has instituted a rather novel approach to dealing with an active shooter—and they’re finding many parents aren’t on the same page.
Dean Spencer, whose two children attend Stevenson Elementary, told Fox 28 he was shocked when his daughter told him her class was instructed to throw books at an armed gunman. “To give them advice or commands to throw things at someone with a gun, it’s absurd. It’s insane,” he said.
Officials confirmed that 430 third-through-fifth graders at Stevenson were trained to use this tactic, saying “everything is about student safety”—an outlandish claim considering they’re recommending students armed with nothing more than a dog-eared copy of “Superfudge” to approach and engage an armed assailant.
The Spencers are reportedly withdrawing both students from Stevenson, and may pursue legal action over the policy.