Ohio Middle School: Defend Self by Throwing Books

photo from breitbart.com.

While a school in Idaho is protecting students by training staff in the use of firearms, a school in Ohio is instead instructing children to throw books at an active shooter, and a father of two students is removing them for the school because of it.

According to this myfox28columbus.com story, Dean Spencer's daughter, Vanessa, 9, and his son, Nathan, 8, attend Stevenson Elementary School in Heath, where they were told by teachers to throw books at anyone with a gun who enters their library or classroom.

"To give them advice or commands to throw things at someone with a gun, it's absurd, it's insane," Spencer said.

Heath City School District officials said 430 third-through-fifth graders at Stevenson are being trained to use the tactic as a last-line of defense, in this breitbart.com story.

"Our training to staff and students is we need to get them out of that situation. Everything is about student safety." said superintendent Trevor Thomas who added that the district is following guidelines set forth by the attorney general's office on how to handle an active shooter situation and that every district in Ohio is required to have some kind of plan in place, the fox Story said.

Other procedures are being formulated for middle and high school students, Thomas said.

The policy proved too much for the Spencers, who say they're pulling both of their kids out of Stevenson and will home school them.

The whole story is reminiscent of a story in January out of Alabama. Students at the W.F. Burns Middle School there were asked to bring canned goods to school so they could throw them at a gunman, according to this story fromnydailynews.com. The principal actually sent a note home to parents asking them to send their students back to class with an eight-ounce can of beans, corn, soup or any other food.

"We realize at first this may seem odd; however, it is a practice that would catch an intruder off-guard. 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 their classroom," the letter says.