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Principal: Students can throw canned food to fight off intruders

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Posted at 7:54 PM, Jan 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-13 19:55:16-05

VALLEY, Ala. – A letter sent to parents of students at one school in Chambers County, Ala. requested that students arm themselves with an eight ounce canned food item according to WHNT News.

Administrators at the middle school believe the practice could catch potential intruders off guard, possibly even knocking him or her out until police arrive.

“As a result of school shootings throughout the United States and discussing with law enforcement on the best procedure to follow to keep our students safe, we are enhancing our procedure for intruders,” said W.F. Burns Middle School Principal Priscilla Holley in a letter to parents.

The idea to arm students with something like a can or a book comes from ALICE training. The ALICE acronym stands for: Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate.

In the letter, Holley said students who are armed with a canned food item will have a sense of empowerment to protect themselves in the event an intruder enters their classroom.