U.S. school district arms teachers with miniature baseball bats

U.S. school district arms teachers with miniature baseball bats

A school district on Lake Erie in Pennsylvania is arming teachers. with tiny bats.

"It is the last resort", said Millcreek School District Superintendent William Hall.

A a school safety plan released by President Donald Trump in the wake of the shooting floated the idea of arming teachers, and said that educators who are "talented with weaponry" might carry firearms. "Unfortunately, we're in a day and age where one might need to use them to protect ourselves and our kids".

Hall added that he's not concerned that students may use the bats to harm each other, saying besides the fact that they are locked up, there are other objects in the classroom that could be "used in an aggressive manor". The district is also building security barriers, installing cameras, and has hired a firm to evaluate security. What are you nuts, Millcreek School District?

Fusco, who is chairman of the school board's Education, Community and Policy committee, said that group has heard staff and the community ask for more mental health support, and the district's preliminary 2018-19 budget includes a new full time behavioral specialist, a half-day mental health case manager, two new elementary curriculum coordinators, and four new guidance counselors.

The superintendent of the Blue Mountain School District, about 90 miles northwest of Philadelphia, said throwing rocks is more effective than crawling under desks and waiting, and gives teachers and students a way to fight back.

"It is the last resort", Hall told Erie News Now.

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A Pennsylvania school district has given its teachers small wooden baseball bats as a reminder to fight a school shooter with any weapon available should other options fail.

"Responding to the results of a recent survey about having an armed presence in all schools, we are confident that we can better secure our schools", Hall said in the April 3 statement.

"Is this going to make the difference if we have an active shooter?"

"I think what happens is, after Parkland, things die down and you nearly fall back into a false sense of security until it happens again", Mr. Hall said.