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School district agrees on no guns for teachers, distributes baseball bats instead

School district agrees on no guns for teachers, distributes baseball bats instead

"The bats are more symbolic than anything", said Superintendent William Hall.

Kassa said he hopes the safe schools forum will encourage residents to continue sharing their thoughts and concerns via the Safe Schools committee, and Dietrich said he hoped it served as a reminder to both parents and students that district staff are there to help. They've kept it closed this week because whether their school district will have class or not has been a day-by-day decision.

The teachers received their bats after a training on how to respond to school shootings, Erie News Now reported.

"This is a tool to have in the event we have nothing else".

Hall added that he's not concerned that students may use the bats to harm each other, saying besides the fact that they are locked up, there are other objects in the classroom that could be "used in an aggressive manor".

"People have their own opinions of things, and we understand that, and as long as we are continuing to talk about it, I still think it's good", Hall said. People are leaving nasty messages on the district's Facebook page.

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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.

It's part of a larger effort to improve school safety, Mr. Hill said, that includes installing a concrete barrier between a parking lot and a walkway, instituting regular police patrols at each of the district's 10 schools and securing building entrances. "We are literally taking it not only one day at a time, but hours at a time". "We had basically adopted the "just lock the doors and turn the lights out and hide" approach in terms of the response".

A Pennsylvania school district has opted to give its teachers small wooden baseball bats as an alternative to hiding during deadly attacks similar to the one in Parkland that left 17 students and teachers dead. Every classroom has one of the buckets of rocks.

Staff and students in the Blue Mountain district have been trained in a program called "ALICE", an acronym for "alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate", according to The Chicago Tribune.

The district bought 600 bats for about $1,800, Hall told the Times-News.

"We don't want students spreading rumors, but we do want them coming to us if there's something they've seen, that they want us to know".

"The teacher walkout has really inspired me", said Renee Jerden, a middle school choir teacher from Norman, who also filed for office.