A Pennsylvania school district is arming hundreds of teachers with miniature baseball bats as a “last resort” in the wake of a recent school shooting that has revitalized the debate over school safety.
Each teacher in the school district will be given a small bat and receive training on how to respond to a potential school shooting.
The move comes after a nationwide debate on arming teachers following the Feb. 14 shooting deaths of 17 people inside a Parkland, Fla., high school.
The bats will cost the district about $1,800 to purchase and they will remain locked up in each classroom.
The district conducted a survey to see how the public would support the idea of arming certain staff members with guns if a measure is legalized in Pennsylvania.
“It was about 70 percent to 30 percent that people would favor that,” Hall said. “But we’re not really actively planning that right now.”
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. Last month, the Blue Mountain School District in Schuylkill County announced that it would train teachers and students to pelt a classroom attacker with stones.