You can’t make this stuff up.
Mere weeks after one Pennsylvania school district was soundly mocked for arming its teachers with buckets of stones, another district announced its plans to arm teachers with “miniature souvenir” baseball bats.
As part of its response plan to an active shooter situation, the Millcreek Township School District gave its teachers tiny wooden bats administrators say can be used to “create noise, distract, or defend against an active shooter.”
Superintendent William Hall penned a letter yesterday defending the decision. He explained that in the wake of recent school shootings, the district has given teachers an “attack option,” which is only to be used as a last resort.
“In an active shooter situation, [the tiny wooden bats] could be used as a tool against an active shooter just like any other item in the immediate room,” he said. “They will remain locked in the classroom and are only to be used/available in a hard lockdown situation.”
“It is not the primary deterrent,” he continued, “but rather it is something that may be used in an emergency situation, and symbolizes our intent to take an active approach to defending our students and staff under threat.”
The first 500 teachers to arrive at school received a free wooden bat, and everyone else was given a voucher for free nachos or a Mr. Hall bobblehead (sarcasm).
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Parents weren’t thrilled with the decision.
“It’s not going to make some shooter stop and say, ‘Hey, I probably shouldn’t go in and do this,’” Jo Ellen Barish, a Parent Teacher Association told NBC.
“The people who do these things aren’t planning on getting away alive. It’s not like they have a fear of being hurt,” she added.
Pennsylvania PTA board member Bonnie Fagan said she felt “sad and disappointed” that teachers were being outfitted with bats.
“Am I going to get out my bat that’s in a locked cabinet or my bucket of rocks or slide something under the door to lock it to stop someone?” Fagan asked. “How effective is any of this?”
Not very, which is why the Pennsylvania state legislature is currently considering a bill that would allow school districts to permit their teachers to carry concealed firearms.
The Senate passed the legislation last June, but it’s been held up in the House Education committee since that time. The bill also faces stiff opposition from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, who has said he does not support it, and from the teacher’s unions.