Pennsylvania School District Arms Teachers With Mini-Bats

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A Pennsylvania school district is arming its teachers with small baseball bats that could be used against an intruder.

Jon Cacchione, president of the Millcreek Education Association, the teachers union, supports the miniature bat plan, saying they remind teachers to fight back if they must, he told

"It is the last resort", Hall told Erie News Now.

"It is the last resort", Millcreek Schools Superintendent William Hall told CBS, "but it is an option and something we want people to be aware of".

The school district, located just outside of Erie, has also implemented additional protections including extra security measures at the school entrances, according to the newspaper.

Many US schools have looked into ways of increasing safety in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting in February, but Pennsylvania school districts have been particularly innovative.

Since the Parkland shooting, the debate continues on whether or not teachers should be armed with weapons. Hillsdale Middle School of Cajon Valley Union School District has had the fantastic opportunity to have one of those coaches at their school.

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

An online question submitted through the district's NPTV channel asked how the district helps students who are in distress before they become serious, and Rufo said staff are trained to build an individual, personal connection with each student.

"Responding to the results of a recent survey about having an armed presence in all schools, we are confident that we can better secure our schools", Hall said in the April 3 statement.

The district ordered about 600 bats at a cost of about $1,800.

"Her son seems "indifferent" to the bats, she said, Though he really doesn't understand how a mini-bat is going to protect him, his teacher, his peers in a classroom if someone is actively shooting at him".

Oklahoma Republican Gov. Mary Fallin approved teacher pay raises of about $6,100, but many educators say that's not enough because classrooms still need more money.

"The bat story, it's taken on a life of its own, unfortunately", Hall said. Carol says, "I had wanted to implement this type of system for quite some time, and being part of the Dynamic Learning Project provided the push I needed as well as the support".