School district arms teachers with mini-baseball bats in wake of shootings

In the wake of the Parkland, FL, school shooting, the Millcreek School District is arming its 500 teachers with baseball bats.

Even so, Hall said, "I think a bat could disarm a pistol with a nice swing".

"You know it's a last resort", said Superintendent William Hall.

"It's not going to make some shooter stop and say, 'Hey, I probably shouldn't go in and do this, '" Jo Ellen Barish, a Parent Teacher Association president with a child attending a Millcreek middle school, said Wednesday.

Speaking upon their arrival in Liberia, the head of mission Bishop B.J.Wilmot said the delegation happy to be in Liberia to help train and strengthen church leaders to be courageous and steadfast if they want to be in God's Kingdom.

Small baseball bats don't sound much better, some parents say. In March, Blue Mountain School District Superintendent David Helsel announced that every classroom in the district had received a 5-gallon bucket of river stones.

The Pattonville School District in Missouri is spending $4.3 million on safety and security upgrades, according to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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"If we have the need to reduce, we have to ask people for that before we determine 'Oh, teacher X is going to have less this year, '" Marks said.

Other measures include a implementing "run, hide, fight" approach for students and staff, building a concrete barrier to existing walkways at the high school, constructing secured entrances, purchasing "Sop the Bleed" kits for all classrooms and giving police access to all security camera systems and the district's emergency radio frequency.

"We've had pictures drawn into books, books that I personally bought for myself, that students have drawn inappropriate pictures in, or inappropriate words in", she said.

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.

In a statement released April 3, Hall told parents that the school district has revised a "TROJAN" response procedure that involves running, hiding or fighting against a threat.

"The people have their own opinions of things and we understand that", Hall said.

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