Parents of students attending the WF Burns Middle School received a letter signed by Principal Priscilla Holley, asking them to contribute one 8-ounce canned food item to be used as a deterrent against a potential school shooter.
"We realize that 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 police arrive," the letter said, according to the newspaper.
"ALICE does not endorse civilians fighting an active shooter, but when confronted directly in a life-and-death situation, individuals should use any actions necessary to defend themselves. Counter is a last-ditch and worst-case scenario option," a statement posted on the program’s official website says, according to the Telegraph.
Shooting sprees have become more frequent in the United States in recent years. According to a gun control activist group called Everytown for Gun Safety, there have been more than 90 school shootings in the United States since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, which claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults.