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School district to arm teachers with miniature bats

Bennie Garza | 11 April, 2018, 16:59

A Pennsylvania school district has made a decision to give teachers small wooden baseball bats as a reminder to fight back against a shooter, should all other options fail.

The district said it spent $1,800 on the 16-inch wooden bats.

Hall tells erienewsnow.com that a bat was given to each of the district's 500 teachers after an in-service training day.

In an April 3 message to the school community, Hall said the district was revising its response procedure to emphasize a run, fight and hide protocol.

Jon Cacchione, president of the Millcreek Education Association, tells erienewsnow.com he supports the district's effort.

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

"Part of the formula now is to fight back, so I think the bats that were provided for the staff are symbolic of that", he said.

"We passed them out, with the goal being we wanted every room to have one of these", Hall says.

A Pennsylvania school district is arming its teachers with baseball bats in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Schrepel says, "even though the walkout might be coming to an end, just a sign of solidarity that this isn't over, even if we need to go back to the classroom and get back to our students and finish the job that we're supposed to do". The district has been surveying parents on arming teachers with guns, but it is not actively planning on arming teachers.

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