Pennsylvania School District Arms Its Teachers-With Miniature Baseball Bats

A Pennsylvania school district distributed 16-inch baseball bats to teachers primarily as a reminded to fight back against school shooters but also as a'tool to use against them

The 600 bats each cost $3.

World Series bats of the New York Mets lay on a rack ready to be shipped at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory on October 23, 2015, in Louisville, Kentucky.

"I think a bat could disarm a pistol with a nice swing", Hall said, adding that part of one's response to a shooter should be to "assess your environment for anything that could be used as a potential weapon or to defend yourself".

The baseball bats are blue and 16 inches long. "Unfortunately, we're in a day and age where one might need to use them to protect ourselves and our kids".

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Last month it was another school district in Pennsylvania that equipped every classroom with a five gallon bucket of rocks to be used in self-defense in the event of a mass shooting.

A week later, the superintendent said that heightened media attention over the announcement "has increased our concern regarding the possibility that something may happen". Smaller schools districts have said they will resume classes on Thursday. Hall says, "It was about 70 percent to 30 percent that people would favor that, but we're not really actively planning that right now".

"Our previous lockdown procedure was that we would lock doors, turn the lights out and hide". The district has also conducted a survey online to gauge public support for training and arming certain staff members with guns should the measure become legal in Pennsylvania.

The Superintendent has received less than positive feedback from parents but plans to move ahead, since the school district has beefed up its policies on handling a situation like the Parkland school shooting, Hall said. "Having said that, we certainly don't object to a greater presence of armed and certified police officers".

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