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How to fight intruders.

VALLEY, Ala. (AP) — A middle school principal in eastern Alabama 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.

In a letter Friday, 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, 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 school is in Valley, Alabama, part of the Chambers County school system.

The letter was sent after school employees received training from Auburn University's Department of Public Safety, Chambers County Schools Superintendent Kelli Hodge told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday.

The food cans would be stored in classrooms and students wouldn't be carrying them around school, Hodge said.

Using cans or other items as weapons would be a last resort for students unable to evacuate, Hodge told the AP.

Teachers are taught to barricade classroom doors if an intruder is in the school, but if that fails, the cans and items such as textbooks could be used, she said.

"If somebody is going to force their way through, then as the last resort you would start throwing any objects you could get your hands on," Hodge said.

Asked whether throwing cans of food could make a student a target, Hodge said they would already be a target at that point.

"If it comes to the situation that they are forced to do that, then they are a target because they've not been able to evacuate," she said.

If the cans are not needed for security, they will be donated to a local food pantry at the end of the year, Holley told parents.

"We hope the canned food items will never be used or needed, but it is best to be prepared," she wrote.

The request for canned goods has generated much discussion in the community near the Alabama-Georgia line, but there have been few complaints, Hodge said.

"We had a meeting at the school last night to try to educate parents on it because there had been such a stir," Hodge said. About 15 parents showed up and most of the discussion was positive, she said.

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"What was suggested in one of our class in Homeland Preparedness is to pour oil on the floor to cause the perpetrator to fall, surprise him thereby causing delay. Pour oil in the hallway, in front of your door then lock it up in the lockdown."

"a bucket full of marbles is dumped when bad guy comes in the door, when bad guy falls and slips, he hits a rope with an anvil tied to it that swings and hits a spear tied to a big rubber band that is triggered when the marbles make the bad guy slip and fall."

"Will they be required to get a canned food throwing permit. What about concealed cans??? Its for the Children..."

"If a student throws a can larger than 18 oz. is it considered disproportionate use of force?"

"We recommend age appropriate canned food items. Obviously, first graders will have some difficulty with a can of Progresso Soup, so we recommend Vienna Sausages or possibly potted meat or Tuna. We estimate that third and fourth graders will be effective with cans of Campell's Soup. At the fifth grade level, the students are able to achieve maximum damage with the larger cans of vegetables, with some able to lob a quart can of tomato juice to great effect."

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 Is this the school of Laurel and Hardy?

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Lmfao. Idiots. So many

Lmfao. Idiots. So many things wrong with this.

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Lol, that's hilarious. 

Lol, that's hilarious.  BTW, If they are going to be throwing thing rocks are a lot cheaper. 

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RatDog wrote: Lol, that's

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Lol, that's hilarious.  BTW, If they are going to be throwing thing rocks are a lot cheaper.