School District Gives Teachers Tiny, Souvenir Bats to Fend Off Armed Intruders

Superintendent William Hall showcases one of the bats.( Photo: Erie News Now)

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).

That may not be strictly true, but NBC News did report that the district handed out 500 tiny bats in an effort to get one in every classroom. It cost taxpayers about $1800.

SEE ALSO: School District Tries Real Security After Saying Students Should ‘Stone’ Intruders w/ Rocks

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.

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  • Gerry Mc April 20, 2018, 8:34 am

    I\’ve heard \”dumb as a box of rocks\” but a bucket would totally be better. After angering an active shooter by chucking rocks, then you can put the bucket on your head and hide from them. Genius! Oh, and the tiny baseball bats are just not fair to the shooter. You could give them a splinter, then they can sue you. The full size whiffle ball bats would have been a superior choice…you ever get hit with one of them? friggin stings man!…..How about his…before doing ANYTHING, and I mean ANYTHING in your life….pretend you have to run it by your grand parents first for a reality check. The last generation in this country with any sense of pride was our grand parents. Could you imagine your grand dads face when you tell him you are going to put rocks and little bats in the kids class room for defense? He would have a drink, light a smoke, and proceed to smack the stupid out of you. Then grand mom would explain why that had to happen to you, and give you a cookie. We better get this generation back on track….because we are going to have to care for them FOREVER!!!!!!!!! G.

  • jgwills April 20, 2018, 8:26 am

    The only positive I can see from “bats” or “buckets of rocks” is that sends a message to the students to not cower in a corner and be a victim but to stand your ground and be a fighter. Sadly if your bringing anything other than a gun to a gun fight you’ve got the wrong tool but having students willing to stone or whack the hell out of a shooter going down fighting is better than having them duck and cover in fear like its 1950 again. At least give them a full sized louisville slugger though. The mini bats are laughable at best. Now if the bats were to be authorized to paddle bad children who needed it throughout the school day then I’m all for 1950 policy again. We need that type of mentality again.

  • Jerry April 20, 2018, 8:26 am

    This decision to distribute miniature baseball bats lends credence to the wise axiom that “you can’t fix stupid”. The teachers and staff would be more effective if you armed them with long range wasp spray. To use the bat you would have to within a couple of feet of the attacker, whereas with the spray you could be 10-15 feet. The obvious common sense measure would be to arm and train various members of the staff, and then post a conspicuous sign at each entrance announcing such. The idiots who always seem to be in charge (Superintendent William Hall, et al) prefer to post a sign proclaiming the school to be a “gun free zone”, which is analogous to sending an engraved invitation to attack us. We are in the throes of the “dumbing down” of our once-great nation.

  • Bwayndo April 20, 2018, 8:20 am

    There are 1.5 million active duty members in the US and about 90,000 elementary schools, so let say the same number for junior high and high schools, so 270,000 schools roughly guesstimated. When you get called upon for drill sergeant duty, that’s a year. When you get called for a deployment, that’s usually a year. So. Why not call upon soldiers to guard schools. One for small schools, two for larger. It’d be some of the easier assignments for soldiers and could even be helpful in transitioning some of them back to civilian life. And yeah, I’m talking living quarters and everything on campas. That’s where the soldier is assigned, that’s where they stay. Have an NCO drive from school to school randomly checking up and making sure everyone is squared away. All this, ON TOP OF offering teachers free classes on firearm safety and permits to carry. You are not going to get rid of the guns, period. There are how many hundreds of millions of guns in the country? No new laws or bans are going to get rid of them. So guess what option you’re left with. Overpower your enemy. Fight fire, with an overwhelming force of fire.

  • Griffendad April 20, 2018, 8:12 am

    Just send in a Nun with a ruler and wack ‘em on the knuckles.

  • Jerry April 20, 2018, 7:15 am

    This is just nonsense. Reminds me of the axiom “never bring a knife to a gun fight.”

  • Roger April 20, 2018, 5:57 am

    Welcome to the 21st century, where absurd thinking has become the norm.

  • MikeB April 20, 2018, 4:28 am

    Smart move by the school district. Now they can teach everybody how to use the bats to swing at the bullets and knock them back at the shooter. Never take a miniature bat and a bucket of rocks to a gun fight.

  • Lawrence April 17, 2018, 7:19 am

    Buckets of rocks and mini bats? Are they planning for self-defense or planning for recess?

  • Bobs your uncle April 16, 2018, 1:54 pm

    I’m waiting for the Mr. Garretson hand puppet

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