In the wake of the Parkland, Florida, shooting a Pennsylvania school district is arming its roughly 500 teachers with weapons in an effort to boost security. Each classroom will be outfitted with 16-inch mini bats.
… Teachers in the Millcreek Township School District received the mini bats after a training day on how to respond to school shootings, reported Erie News Now. Superintendent William Hall admits the bats are “the last resort” and will be kept locked in each classroom.
… Last month a school district in rural Pennsylvania said it was arming its students with rocks as protection against the possibility of a school shooter. David Helsel, Superintendent of the Blue Mountain School District, said students would be trained on how to handle emergency situations, like barricading doors. Helsel said each classroom had been equipped with a five-gallon bucket of river stones, and said anyone who enters a classroom with a weapon will face a room full of students ready to stone them.
… Like the Millcreek Township School District, the superintendent says the rocks are a last resort. He said teachers, staff and students were given active shooter training through a program known as ALICE which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate and they routinely hold evacuation drills for active shooter simulations.