http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...icle-1.2075972

This school encourages food fights.

An Alabama middle school asked students to bring canned goods to school so they can throw them at potential gunman.

W.F. Burns Middle School in Valley, Ala., said the tactic is part of the ALICE method, which stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter, evacuate, and teaches students what to do during a shooting.

Principal Priscella Holley sent a note home to parents Friday asking them to send their students back to class with an eight-ounce can of beans, corn, soup or any other food.

Arming kids with cans that can be used as weapons gives them a sense of empowerment, the school said.

Arming kids with cans that can be used as weapons gives them a sense of empowerment, the school said. “We realize at first this may seem odd, however, it is a practice that would catch an intruder off-guard,” read a copy of the letter obtained by WHNT. "The canned food item could stun the intruder or even knock him out until police arrive. The canned good item will give the students a sense of empowerment to protect themselves and will make them feel secure in case an intruder enters the classroom."

If the cans are never used, they will be donated to a local food pantry at the end of the school year, the letter explained.“I can honestly say that the major point of the training … is to be able to get kids evacuated and not be sitting ducks hiding under desks,” she told the TV station.

The can-throwing is part of ALICE’s C stage, counter.

An educational video explained that students should fight back by running and throwing things instead of hiding.