Pennsylvania School District Arms Teachers With Mini-Bats

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The Millcreek Township School District outside Erie distributed the miniature bats to 500 teachers last week as part of a training program on how to deal with school shooters, the Pittsburgh Tribune reports.

Amid unpopular recommendations of arming teachers with guns, giving teachers 16-inch wooden bats seem a little less violent defense measure that majority is likely to abide by.

In response to recent school shootings, a Pennsylvania school district has chose to arm its teachers with baseball bats.

"We passed them out, with the goal being we wanted every room to have one of these", Hall said of his district of more than 7,000 students.

In the case of Millcreek, the bats are more "symbolic" but are free to be used to "fight", district Superintendent William Hall told the Times-News and Erie News Now.

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"We were talking about the types of things that we will do and how we best communicate with parents and guardians before and after crisis events", said Gausman.

The bats will be locked up in each classroom and will be kept in offices of the district's 10 schools.

For obvious reasons, people are skeptical about effectiveness of this particular security measure.

While President Donald Trump has floated the idea of schools outfitting teachers with guns - an idea praised by the NRA but panned by school safety advocates - school districts across the country are grappling with how best to protect children.

As pointed out by Hall, district's revised school shooting response plans were formed to consider options that are available at hand instead of "hiding and waiting". "It was about 70 percent to 30 percent that people would favor that, but we're not really actively planning that right now".

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