School district arms teachers with baseball bats

Casey Dawson
April 13, 2018

Others have suggested hardening campuses with bulletproof glass, metal detectors and extra security.

A Pennsylvania school district is arming its teachers with baseball bats in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

When we talked to the superintendent last Wednesday, though, he clearly told us that's not the intended objective, saying, "In fact, we bought these for all of our teachers. not that we expect teachers to use this as a weapon, but it's pretty symbolic too. we want it to be symbolic that we have one consistent reminder that you may have to, unfortunately, you may have to fight". Hillsdale Middle School of Cajon Valley Union School District has had the incredible opportunity to have one of those coaches at their school.

"It is the last resort", said Millcreek School District Superintendent William Hall.

"Our previous lockdown procedure was that we would lock doors, turn the lights out and hide". "Certainly hiding is the first option, running is an option and having to fight may be an option, as well".

The rocks, superintendent David Helsel told the Tribune, are part of the "counter" aspect - fighting back at a shooter who enters a classroom.

"This could be for anybody in the community", Hall added.

"This is a tool to have in the event we have nothing else", he said. Staff and the board committees have discussed ways to make those IDs more useful to students carrying them. "We don't expect teachers to be chasing down a gunman with a bat".

"We do have people working at different hours than when we originally had them scheduled, so we have more of a security presence in the evening".

The bats will be locked up in each classroom, the Erie News Now report said. They've spent time at their local library, and they were planning to see the Oklahoma City National Memorial, which honors the 168 victims of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

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"Play expands creativity and is a form of taking care of yourself", she said.

"I'm quite honored to receive the award and it's awesome that my students would take time to recognize me like that", Golden Apple Recipient Tyler Brackey said.

Kassa said he hopes the safe schools forum will encourage residents to continue sharing their thoughts and concerns via the Safe Schools committee, and Dietrich said he hoped it served as a reminder to both parents and students that district staff are there to help.

"I'm receiving the information very clearly from the school district that there's no middle ground", he said.

"I think the walkout highlights why I initially chose to run for office", said Hicks, who is running as a Democrat.

While the bats, which cost the district $1,800, might seem like something to laugh at, Hall has a good point: they're better than nothing.

Several teachers said they would be on the ballot.

But in regard to teacher preparation, elementary teachers who prep in their rooms won't have that option if there is an art class being conducted, Zahn said.

"The bats are more symbolic than anything", he told the paper.

However, teachers went forward with their walkout on April 2, urging lawmakers to do more.

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