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Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

School Arms Teachers with Tiny Baseball Bats to Defend Against Mass Shooters

School Arms Teachers with Tiny Baseball Bats to Defend Against Mass Shooters

The Millcreek Township School District in Erie, Pa., recently distributed 16-inch wooden sluggers to each of its 500 or so teachers as a way to emphasize fighting back as a possible response to an active shooter, according to superintendent William Hall. "We passed them out, with the goal being we wanted every room to have one of these", Hall told WSEE-TV. What are you nuts, Millcreek School District?

Jon Cacchione, president of the Millcreek teachers' union, said the idea of handing out bats is better than doing nothing. "We didn't talk about the other options of running or barricading... and how do you defend yourself".

As for the symbolism, Hall said: "It's not about just hiding and waiting. And part of that fight response is to assess your immediate environment".

"This could be for anybody in the community", Hall added. The shooting renewed the debate over how to deal with attacks on school campuses, and sparked a student-led movement pushing for new gun control legislation. Because of the Dynamic Learning Project, Hillsdale teachers are able to use their coach to feel supported and build confidence in learning how to use the tools and technologies provided for them in the classroom. "We don't expect teachers to be chasing down a gunman with a bat". The walkout hasn't stopped them from showing up for practices and coaching the more than 1,000 kids on 50 teams.

"I've seen firsthand how (funding cuts) affected my peers and her students".

The agreement said the district shall have the right to terminate the employment of Alexandria Pelano if she is found guilty of further misconduct after a hearing under Civil Service Law or other due process requirements.

"I think they really set themselves up to be the butt of a joke with them", Barish said.

Kassa said he hopes the safe schools forum will encourage residents to continue sharing their thoughts and concerns via the Safe Schools committee, and Dietrich said he hoped it served as a reminder to both parents and students that district staff are there to help. "I think it's time to challenge House leadership on the mess they have made".

With a total cost of less than $2,000, the bat plan is likely less expensive and controversial than fully arming teachers.

As far as initiating the new art curriculum, teachers said they have received little information besides the fact that it is going to be an hour long class once a week in a classroom, Zahn said.

"The bats are more symbolic than anything", he told the paper.

Munson said just the fact that it's now public knowledge there are bats in these classrooms may also deter someone from coming to school with a gun. "Unfortunately we're in a day and age where we may need to use them to protect ourselves and our kids", he said.

On that point, Barish agreed. These include concrete barriers, constructing secured entrances at several schools and hiring a consulting firm to re-evaluated security measures.

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