The Millcreek Township School District in Pennsylvania is choosing to stand up to gun violence and fight back. However, they’re doing so by using some of the most ludicrous and controversial weapons imaginable.
Here’s the plan. In the event that a mass shooter should come to Millcreek Township School, they will come face-to-face with a whole line of teachers. And, to defend themselves (and the school), the teachers will be carrying…tiny wooden baseball bats. And these bats are just 16 inches long, at max.
In reality, this plan seems downright delusional. After all, should this event come to fruition, the chances of someone with a bat surviving against someone with a gun are pretty slim. After all, this “self-defense weapon” looks much more like a toy than a means to save oneself – let alone a whole school.
The Millcreek Township School has spent approximately $1,800 on the baseball bats. In doing so, they hope to defend over 7,400 students with the bats. Thus, about 500 teachers must arm themselves with these 16-inch bats in order to prepare for an attack.
And, surprisingly, some of the teachers are feeling pretty confident about their chances.
This whole situation may seem amusing, unrealistic, and downright unreal. In fact, certain media reports began openly joking about it as they began telling viewers and readers about the story. However, Superintendent William Hall is incredibly serious about the matter.
When giving his views on the matter, Hall gave the acknowledgment that he hopes the school’s staff and students will never be in a situation where they need to defend themselves in the first place. However, he also said that the staff has been permisstion to use “any available tool at their disposal” in a life and death situation. And that includes 16-inch bats.
What’s even more unbelievable is how teachers and staff don’t even access to these bats 24/7. Instead, the bats are locked in a classroom, and will only become available during a school lockdown.
This opens up a lot of questions about what teachers will do if they can’t access the classroom if a shooter begins firing on the students. Not to mention, whose life will be in danger when distributing these bats to teachers and staff.
Plus, when it comes down to it, how effective can these bats really be when facing off against a gun? Can this self-defense option actually work in a realistic school shooting?
Other school districts have also been arming their staff in order to prepare for an upcoming shooting. However, these districts have been training their staff to use actual guns in order to defend themselves and their students.
However, for now, it seems Millcreek Township School District is committing to their self-defense mindset and sticking to their bats, refusing to arm their staff with a more effective option.