Pennsylvania school district hands out baseball bats for classroom defense

ERIE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania school district has given its teachers small wooden baseball bats as a reminder to fight a school shooter with any weapon available should other options fail.

The superintendent of the Millcreek Township School District said the 16-inch bats are primarily symbolic, but the district did want to have a “consistent tool” for all teachers should they need to fight and attacker.

The miniature bats were distributed to 500 teachers last week as part of a training program on how to deal with school shooters.

Superintendent William Hall told the Erie Times-News the district’s revised school shooting response plan puts more emphasis on options other than “hiding and waiting.”

The president of the local teachers union says he supports the move.

The district outside of Erie also had added additional security measures at school entrances.

Last month, another Pennsylvania district said it was arming teachers and students with buckets of rocks.

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