If two people are in a fight, and one of them is armed with a gun and the other person has a mini baseball bat, guess who is going to win the fight. Why is this school district even bothering with this approach? It is not a serious solution at all.
FOX 59 reports:
Pennsylvania school district buys hundreds of mini baseball bats for classroom defense
The Millcreek Township School District outside Erie distributed the miniature bats to 500 teachers last week as part of a training program on how to deal with school shooters, the Pittsburgh Tribune reports.
Superintendent William Hall says it cost the district around $1,800 to buy 600 16-inch baseball bats, including some that will be placed in offices and other common areas. Hall says the bats are to give teachers a chance to fight back as part of a procedure with the acronym TROJAN: “Threat assessment; run; obstruct and barricade; join forces; attack; and never give up.”]
Hall says that while the bats could be a last line of defense, they are meant as a symbolic reminder that fighting back is an option, GoErie reports.
Jon Macchione, president of the Millcreek Education Association teachers’ union, says the bats are there “to make people comfortable with the idea that they can attack and not simply go into hard lockdown and just hide, as we’d been told in our training up to this point.”
Here’s a video report:
Another school armed teachers with buckets of rocks. When are schools going to get serious about security?