Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

School District Hands out Baseball Bats for Classroom Defense

School District Hands out Baseball Bats for Classroom Defense

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. "Part of the formula now, is to fight back, and so I think the bats that were provided for the staff were symbolic of that".

The small but rapt group of retired educators present at the April 5 luncheon meeting of the Fayette County Retired Teachers Association attentively followed the presentation of Miami Trace Local School District's superintendent and business manager on the construction progress of the district's new high school.

Superintendent William Hall says it cost the district around $1,800 to buy 600 16-inch baseball bats, including some that will be placed in offices and other common areas. "Unfortunately, we're in a day and age where one might need to use them to protect ourselves and our kids".

Through a grant from the Natural Resources Council of Maine, Hall-Dale Middle School students are starting a composting program in their school cafeteria to reduce food waste, according to a news release from the council.

The deadly school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Fla., drove Millcreek to institute other safety measures aside from the bats. That shooting has sparked a nationwide debate over gun control and school safety.

Parkland school officials chose to require all students to carry clear plastic backpacks as one safety measure - and was mocked by students who saw it as a meaningless gesture over real gun reform.

Last month a Pennsylvania school superintendent announced his plan to equip classrooms with five-gallon buckets of river stones to use in the event of a school shooter situation, a strategy that was dismissed by many safety experts.

"It's to make people comfortable with the idea that they can attack and not simply go into hard lockdown and just hide, as we'd been told in our training up to this point", Cacchione said about the bat policy.

"The people who do these things aren't planning on getting away alive".

Hong added, "It will motivate us to keep building a school where every student becomes a creative community leader".

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