Canned weapons at school

Confirmed: The letter is real.

Update: See below.

Remember the Alabama school that appeared to have sent out a letter requesting children bring canned food to heave at attacking shooters? My take at the time was ‘hoax.’ I mean… who could be that stupid? Lots of folks posted questions regarding the letter’s authenticity over at their Facebook page. I didn’t think much about the lack of response over the weekend.

But the weekend is past. The school hasn’t posted any amusing denial of the absurd letter, neither on Facebook, nor their web site. I sent the principal an email.

No response.

But their web site has now been updated,so they’ve had time to deny.
But they haven’t. They are dead silent on the idiotic idea. Which, to my suspicious mind, means the letter probably is real after all and they’re over-working their defective minds to explain why they thought it was a good idea, now that they’ve seen the national ridicule and criticism.

Update, 1/12/15: I’m now convinced that these idiots really did send that letter, that it’s not a hoax.

Still dead silence from the school. No replies to inquiries. Even better…

…they’re deleting comments (simple inquiries and ridicule alike) from the Facebook page. They’re in damage control mode; pretending that no one thinks they’re the clueless halfwits that they are… by “eliminating” the criticism.

The Internet doesn’t work that. PrOincipal Holley of W.F. Burns Middle School, meet the Streisand Effect.

Update 2, 1/13/15: Lacking any response, I sent PrOincipal Holley another email this morning. Still nothing. Critical Facebook comments still seem to be disappearing. In an earlier post, I alluded to this possibly being a violation of the school’s weapons policy. It is; in fact, any child following the instructions of that letter faces suspension at a minimum. Potentially, it could lead to felony criminal charges.

From the CCSD Student Code of Conduct:
Major Offenses–Class III

The offenses will result in the following sanctions:

Elementary and Secondary Students
The disciplinary action for such offenses will be suspension and/or a
recommendation for expulsion by the principal. If so recommended, the expulsion procedures in this book will be followed. Pending final determination of the matter by the school board, the student may be offered the opportunity to attend an alternative program.

12. Possession of Weapons—A knife, metallic knuckles, tear gas gun,
chemical weapon or device; or any other weapon, instrument or object with the intent to be armed. (emphasis added-cb)
a.   In accordance with the Federal Gun-Free School Zone Act of 1994, students found to be in possession of a firearm on school premises will be expelled for not less than one (1) year. Further, The Code of
Alabama, 16-1-24.1 (a) (b) (c) (d), 16-1-24.3 (a), and Legislative Act
94-87 states that the possession of a deadly weapon on school
premises with intent to do bodily harm is a Class C felony. (See policy

I guess Holley just hates kids.

2 thoughts on “Canned weapons at school

  1. Mutti January 13, 2015 / 11:47 pm

    It’s part of ALICE and was on the local news tonight. Never try to mess with a Bear 🙂 – he’ll catch you out .


    • Bear January 14, 2015 / 12:07 am

      Heck,Mutti; I initially thought it was a hoax. Partly because of the misspelling in the letter from a school, partly because of the odd artifacting in the image, and partly…

      Well, I’m an optimist: I didn’t want to believe anyone was actually that stupid and running around without a keeper.


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