School District Arms Teachers With Baseball Bats

Educators fired after mocking autistic student in audio recording

A Pennsylvania school district armed its teachers with baseball bats.

A Pennsylvania school district has bought hundreds of new baseball bats - and it's not planning a massive expansion of any sports programs.

According to an internet survey organized by the Millcreek School District, roughly 70 percent of respondents said they would be fine with teachers having guns in classrooms. "But, it is an option and something we want people to be aware of".

Matthew Exley, director of the Millcreek Township Office of Emergency Management, said in an email on Wednesday that neither his organization nor the Millcreek Township Police Department was involved in the decision by the Millcreek Township School District to provide bats to teachers.

That plan seems a little less insane than the buckets of rocks at the Blue Mountain School District, about 90 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

Educators fired after mocking autistic student in audio recording
School District Arms Teachers With Baseball Bats

"It's not about just hiding and waiting", he added. "There are options, and one of those is to fight". "And so I think the bats that were provided for the staff, were symbolic of that, that we are expected to fight back", Jon Cacchione, president of Millcreek Teachers Union, said.

"We passed them out with the goal being we wanted every room to have one of these", Superintendent Bill Hall said. "But teachers are here to teach, not to be in the line of defense that carries weapons".

"Best to just arm teachers and staff with guns", one woman wrote.

Each teacher in the school district will be given a small bat and receive training on how to respond to a potential school shooting, Erie News Now reported on Tuesday. A full list of these "aggressive measures" is outlined on the district's website.

"People are looking to solutions that are ineffective because they are reticent to try data-driven solutions that are proven to work, like stronger gun laws", Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, told Yahoo Lifestyle in response to the "absurd" rocks-in-classrooms proposal. But, since the lawmakers haven't taken any satisfactory corrective measures despite the nationwide outcry, it is only fair that schools are at least taking initiatives to ensure students' safety.

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