Pennsylvania School District Arms Teachers With Mini-Bats

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Some 500 teachers in Millcreek Schools, located outside Erie, are being given miniature baseball bats for what officials are calling the "last resort" in a shooting following the February 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

In a story you're going to be convinced originated on the satirical website The Onion, a Pennsylvania school district is arming its teachers with baseball bats.

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". "I don't know", he told the Times, but said the bats, along with other changes the district is employing, are "an improvement of what we had before".

He said that the school district is working on building a concrete barrier around the walkway of the high schools as well as security measures at entrances.

The Parkland shooting - one of several school attacks in 2018 - left 17 students and staff members dead, and it immediately jolted nationwide discussions about school safety and gun control.

A Rome school district bus driver has been reprimanded for the district's concerns about her driving, and has a last chance to continue employment by not engaging in further misconduct, according to a discipline agreement.

In March, Blue Mountain School District in Schuylkill County dished details of its safety plan, which includes equipping each classroom with a five-gallon bucket of rocks to "stone" a school shooter. It conducted an online survey to see how public felt about it.

The district ordered about 600 bats at a cost of about $1,800.

The idea behind having the longer early release time was to give teachers time to work together in professional learning communities, Zahn said.

"While that bad possibility has to be considered, it's important to point out that, as the ones responsible for planning for school safety, we must consider all types of hazards", Doerr said. In Newcastle, parents have started buying items on teachers' Amazon wish lists to make sure they have classroom supplies and furniture.

The bats are just one of several measures created to increase student safety, Hall said.

"I've heard from teachers that this is upsetting enough to an elementary teacher that some of them are looking to leave", Zahn said. "[The bats are] obviously not the first option".