Teachers near Erie get bats as a reminder to fight back in a shooting

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 10, 2018 2:17 AM

York City School District police officer Britney Brooks walks one of her rounds Thursday, March 28, 2018, at William Penn Senior High School in York. (Chris Dunn, York Daily Record)

(Erie) -- A Pennsylvania school district has given its teachers small wooden baseball bats as a reminder to fight a school shooter with any weapon available should other options fail.

The superintendent of the Millcreek Township School District near Erie says the 16-inch bats are primarily symbolic, but the district did want to have a "consistent tool" for all teachers should they need to fight an attacker.

Superintendent William Hall tells the Erie Times-News the district's revised school shooting response plan puts more emphasis on options other than "hiding and waiting."

The president of the local teachers union says he supports the move.

The district has also added additional security measures at school entrances.

Last month, the Blue Mountain School District in Schuylkill County said it was arming teachers and students with buckets of rocks.

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