Roughly 500 teachers are being armed in a Pennsylvania school district with 16-inch baseball bats in effort to boost the security in the schools in the wake of the Parkland school shooting.
After a training day on how to respond to school shootings, teachers in the Millcreek Township School District received the mini bats.
Superintendent William Hall said that it’s the last resort, but it’s an option and something that they want people to be aware of.
Hall said that the bats will be kept locked in each classroom and they are mostly ‘symbolic’. He added that we are in a day and age where one might need to use them to protect themselves and their kids.
A school district representative did not respond to our request for comment.
Another Pennsylvania school district announced last month that they were equipping each classroom with five-gallon buckets of rocks.
Blue Mountain School District Superintendent David Helsel told the state House Education Committee that if an armed intruder attempts to gain entrance to any of their classrooms, they will face a classroom full of students armed with rocks, and they will be stoned.
Mini baseball bats and stones are unlikely to be the appropriate defensive tools against the assault-style rifles usually carried by mass shooters (including the one whose Feb. 14 attack on Parkland, Florida high school killed 17 people) capable of firing dozens of rounds in seconds.