Teacher Goes Viral Slamming School Shooter Kit with Hammer and Toilet Paper

An elementary school art teacher is calling attention to how her district handles emergency active shooter situations after posting a TikTok showing her classroom's startling and strange preparedness kit.

Hannah Hurst, an elementary school art teacher, responded to a TikTok video prompt asking, "What is something that's normal in your country but weird for the rest of the world?" She begins by explaining that in America, "we don't have any gun legislation, like at all. So everybody can have guns."


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"Sometimes crazy people come into our schools and they just, like, shoot them up and hurt children and, like, take lives, it's horrible," Hurst continues. "But anyway, as teachers, we have to be prepared for when and if that happens."

Hurst then explains that her district, to prepare for a potential active shooter situation, provides all classrooms with emergency buckets filled with supplies. Having "never opened it" before, she captures her genuine reaction to the findings, which among the clutter includes a hammer and rolls of toilet paper.

"I don't... I don't really know what I would do with that," she concludes. "I really don't even know what it's for ... But I'm just gonna assume it's for when I s**t myself, I don't know."

Hurst told Newsweek that she was inspired to make the video, which now has over two million views, because she "couldn't imagine anywhere else on Earth where teachers would keep a bucket in their classrooms for when an armed gunman invades their school with the intent to kill ... Only in America!"

Most commenters were horrified by the lack of supplies the elementary classroom was provided but noted they were not surprised when they realized she was an American teacher.

"I knew what country before even noticing the flag in the background," one wrote. "Whenever I see stuff like this [and] then read the comments from non-Americans, I want to pack my kids up and move," another lamented. "It's depressing how normal this is here."

Others joked about what the seemingly random supplies could be used for in such a dangerous situation. "You use the bucket to make ghost sounds and the hammer to bang on the floor," one hypothesized. "The shooter will think the school is haunted and leave."

One concerned mom even shared that in her district, the classes are less prepared than Hurst's. "My son's kindergarten had us leave a stuffed animal at the school to comfort them if there was ever an active shooter," she claimed. "Teddy bears instead of better laws."

Hurst told Newsweek she was particularly shocked at the response she got from fellow educators. "I didn't know that so many teachers around the country had buckets in their classrooms," she said. "I'm going to have to add tampons (for gunshot wounds), a tarp (for privacy), beef jerky, candy for my kids with diabetes, and maybe some lollipops and comic books....lots of ideas out there that I never considered for these situations!"

In a follow-up video, Hurst thanks the teachers in the comments that explained that the bucket and toilet paper are to be used in case a student needs to go to relieve themselves but can't leave the class during a lockdown.

"I for real had no idea that it's for children to go to the bathroom in ... I can't even believe it! I mean I can," she says.

She adds that since posting the original video on March 17, she has done additional gun legislation research but claims the most she could find were rules regarding the part of the body on which someone is allowed to carry a weapon. "Thanks for the clarification," she adds.

She also dismisses suggestions in the comments that suggest she should carry a firearm for protection. "That's great advice to have a gun around small children," she says, before joking that she's "got one already" and flexes her arm.

Her videos have gone viral amid a series of tragic shootings across America, including the Boulder, Colorado supermarket shooting on March 22 and the Atlanta, Georgia spa shooting on March 16. "It's terrible and it's heartbreaking and it makes the absurdity of the Menards bucket all the more pronounced," Hurst added.

In light President Biden announcing the details of his executive plans for gun control measures, Hurst said that she hopes it lays the groundwork for reform so "that I can give up the bucket, obviously!"

"How about we put our money into something useful to educate our children vs. buying [Menards] buckets and hammers and training our kids to throw rocks at armed gunman," she added. "I mean I like a nice hammer to hang up art work....but I know we can do better."

Updated on 4/9/2021 at 10 am to include Hurst's statements to Newsweek.

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An elementary school teacher's video of active shooter preparedness has gone viral amid a series of deadly American shootings. Mario Tama/Getty Images