School shooting: Teachers in Pennsylvania get 16in bats after Florida

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In March, the Blue Mountain School District in Schuylkill County made a decision to place buckets of river rocks in each classroom in case students and staff can't evacuate.

The Millcreek School District in Erie County says its 500 teachers will be armed with 16-inch bats.

As the question of whether to arm teachers has become a hot-button topic in the wake of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting in February, some school districts have gotten creative. Superintendent William Hall says it cost the district around $1,800 to buy 600 small baseball bats, including some that will be placed in offices and other common areas. "Unfortunately, we're in a day and age where one might need to use them to protect ourselves and our kids".

Jon Cacchione, president of the Millcreek Education Association, tells he supports the district's effort.

"This is a tool to have in the event we have nothing else", he said. Instead, the district hopes the bats remind teachers to fight back if necessary.

It won't be wrong to say such measures are to give false illusion of security, because in case of an emergency situation, these wooden bats are less likely to stand a chance against deadly weapons. That shooting has sparked a nationwide debate over gun control and school safety.

In an April 3 message to the school community, Hall said the district was revising its response procedure to emphasize a run, fight and hide protocol. Other initiatives include a concrete barrier around the high school walkway and additional security measures at school entrances. It conducted an online survey to see how public felt about it.

"It was about 70% to 30% that people would favour that", Mr Hall said, "but we're not really actively planning that right now".



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