A principal of a US school wants to stockpile cans of sweetcorn and peas in classrooms so students can throw them them at intruders.
Priscella Holley, head of W.F Burns Middle School in Valley, Alabama, asked parents to have their kids each bring in a canned item so they could be kept as weapons.
"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.
"The canned food item could stun the intruder or even knock him out until the police arrive.
"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," the Associated Press reported Hodge saying.
Perhaps she should consider using triangular flapjacks - which one Essex school banned after the oaty snack was used as a missile by one pupil and launched at their unsuspecting victim's face.