Pennsylvania School District Arms 500 Teachers With Mini Baseball Bats
Апреля 24 2018, 06:57 | Irvin Gilbert
PA School District Gives Baseball Bats To Teachers To Fight Shooters
The bats will be locked up in each classroom and will be kept in offices of the district's 10 schools.
"We passed them out, with the goal being we wanted every room to have one of these", Millcreek School District Superintendent William Hall told WICU.
The Millcreek School District, which is located near Erie, announced it is arming up to 500 teachers with baseball bats in case of an active shooter, WICU-TV reported.
Now Pennsylvania's Erie Times-News reports that a second state superintendent has armed teachers with 16-inch wooden baseball bats in a gesture he calls "symbolic" - but also potentially practical in times of emergency.
"The bats are more symbolic than anything", he told the paper. "However, we do want to have one consistent tool to have at somebody's disposal in a classroom in the event they have to fight".
Hall noted that the district's revised response plan emphasizes there are options during such attacks that aren't "just hiding and waiting". "There are options, and one of those is to fight".
The move comes after a nationwide debate on arming teachers following the February 14 shooting deaths of 17 people inside a Parkland, Fla., high school.
David Dodson, president of the nonprofit advocacy group MDC, which published the report, said in an interview that the best-paying jobs will be siphoned from natives to newcomers "if you import talent without investing in the mechanisms of education to prepare our own talent for the jobs we create".
The region's leaders need to "face the reality that our future is going to be more pluralistic and understand that talent is embedded in those very populations that might look different from the majority", Dodson said. 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.
Erie News Now wrote that the district conducted an online survey to see if the public supports the idea of arming select staff members with guns, if it becomes legal in Pennsylvania. "It was about 70 percent to 30 percent that people would favor that, but we're not really actively planning that right now".
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