In my time of working on this website in its various incarnations I’ve heard a lot of stupid ideas that are designed to protect kids during a school shooting. This one may take the cake, or in this case creamed corn.
A middle school in Alabama sent a letter home to parents asking to give their kids a canned food item to bring with them to school, every day. This isn’t some kind of food drive, the cans are supposed to be used as potential weapons against a possible active shooter in the school. This school of thought comes from school defense program that a lot of schools use although it;s only one aspect of the program. However this is a dumb idea.
First off even a couple dozen kids armed with that can of unidentifiable food that even the food drives won’t take is no defense against a crazed individual with a high-powered weapon capable of dispensing hot leaded death at multiple rounds a second. Secondly kid are kids. They’re more likely to use the cans on each other than they are a possible threat.
Instead of wasting time and energy on harebrained schemes like this more effort should be put towards preventing school shootings by not only making mental healthcare more widely available but also by lessening the stigma that too many parents believe that getting your kids metal treatment means they’re broken or you failed as a parent somehow. You only fail if you don’t do anything.