A Pennsylvania school district came up with a novel way to help defend its schools from potential attackers: arm the teachers with bats — 16 inches long.
As the Erie Times-News reports, roughly 500 teachers in Millcreek will be armed with the bats. Schools Superintendent William Hall admitted,“The bats are more symbolic than anything. 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.” Referring to a 2008 Department of Homeland Security report that recommended first running away, or, if possible hiding, or as a last resort fighting if a school attacker showed up, he added, “It’s not about just hiding and waiting. There are options, and one of those is to fight.”
Jon Cacchione, president of the Millcreek Education Association, the union representing district teachers, said, “It’s 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.”
Hall said the district ordered 600 baseball bats that cost roughly $1,800 for a training session that was held.
As The Blaze reports:
The bats, according to Hall, are part of a district-wide school killing response plan which incoroprates a “T.R.O.J.A.N.” plan including “Threat assessment,” “Run,” “Obstruct and barricade,” “Join forces,” “Attack,” and “Never give up.”
Other preventative and responsive measures include erecting concrete barriers along a school walkway, reevaluating existing security measures, and purchasing “Stop the bleed” kits for classrooms, among other plans, which can be reviewed here.