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School district arms teachers with mini-baseball bats in wake of shootings

13 April 2018, 01:40 | Myrtle Vega

The district is arming each of its 500 teachers with a 16-inch bat following an in-service training day that taught teachers how to respond in a school shooting, WSEE-TV reported. As Millcreek schools Superintendent William Hall put it: "It is the last resort". "We passed them out, with the goal being we wanted every room to have one of these", Hall told WICU.

Amid debates over school safety in the aftermath of the Parkland school shooting, one Pennsylvania school district has made a decision to arm teachers without giving them guns.

"They've given corporations and businesses incentives to be here and nothing has really trickled down to us", said Cyndi Ralston, a Haskell teacher who filed to run as a Democrat in House District 12. "Unfortunately we're in a day and age where we may need to use them to protect ourselves and our kids", he said.

"I think a bat could disarm a pistol with a nice swing", Hall said, adding that part of one's response to a shooter should be to "assess your environment for anything that could be used as a potential weapon or to defend yourself".

Other school districts announced a return to class, including Moore Public Schools, Oklahoma's fourth-largest district.

"This is a tool to have in the event we have nothing else".

In Millcreek Township's schools, the doling out of small defensive baseball bats follows the district's release of its revised defense plan "that incorporates run, hide, and fight options for students and staff".

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The idea came from an anonymous response to the district's online survey distributed about a month after the Parkland, Fla., shooting that killed 17 people, Mr. Hall explained.

"They're the little souvenir bats that you buy in baseball parks", Hall told The Washington Post.

Hillsdale Middle School has an on site technology expert coach, using techniques from Dynamic Learning Project, that is giving teachers confidence to use technology in the classroom.

"We weren't at the time seriously looking at that, but we were wanting to gauge how our community felt about having a non-SRO gun presence", Hall said.

"I thought they were joking when they said they gave out bats".

"That 40 minutes will be on Wednesday afternoons only, and I can tell you that the communications that we have had will effectively grind to a halt because 40 minutes in terms of education goes by extremely quickly", he said.

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