Ever since the Parkland shooting, a debate has raged on about whether or not teachers should be armed with guns or not. Others have suggested that a retired service member stand guard on campus to protect our youth. A Pennsylvania school has taken an entirely different approach to protecting their students. While this method will be much cheaper, it remains to be seen how effective it will be.
On Monday Millcreek Township School District in northwestern PA gave each of its teachers a 16-inch mini baseball bat as a means of protection, according to Erie Times-News. This is an upgrade from March when part of their safety plan included putting a five-gallon bucket or rocks in each classroom to "stone" a school shooter.
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.
"It is the last resort," Hall told Erie News Now. "But, it is an option and something we want people to be aware of."
The teachers received their bats after a training on how to respond to school shootings, Erie News Now reported. The district ordered about 600 bats at a cost of about $1,800. They'll be put in areas throughout the school, notes the Times-News.
"It’s to make people comfortable with the idea that they can attack and not simply go into hard lockdown and just hide, as we’d been told in our training up to this point,” said Jon Cacchione, president of the teachers union Millcreek Education Association, to the Times-News.
Ever since the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida happened, school administrators have been scrambling to find answers to keeping their students safe. This particular district decided to upgrade their protection from a bucket of rocks to baseball bats. It appears they are making a mockery of themselves.
Reactions from Twitter:
Pennsylvania school district spends $1,800 to arm teachers with miniature souvenir baseball bats to defend against school shooters https://t.co/5aFsaqFOZW
— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) April 11, 2018
All 500 teachers of Millcreek School District in Pennsylvania got a 16 inch bat to fight off school shooters https://t.co/O7jg6aDebu
— Natasha Fatah (@NatashaFatah) April 11, 2018
The bats will be locked up in the classroom. How is that at all helpful in the case of an active shooter situation? Shooter politely waits while teacher unlocks the bat?
— 11CatsAgainstNazis (@landis_melinda) April 11, 2018
A heroic teacher stops a shooting in the Millcreek school district. pic.twitter.com/BmKyqzuUwV
— Sammy P (@s_a_m_u_e_l__) April 11, 2018