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Erie-area teachers get bats as a reminder to fight back in a shooting

The Associated Press

ERIE, Pa. – A Pennsylvania school district has given its teachers small wooden baseball bats as a reminder to fight a school shooter with any weapon available should other options fail.

Protesters fill a street during a march in favor of gun control Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Seattle. Summoned to action by student survivors of the Florida school shooting, hundreds of thousands of teenagers and their supporters rallied in the nation's capital and cities across America on Saturday to press for gun control.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The superintendent of the Millcreek Township School District says the 16-inch bats are primarily symbolic, but the district did want to have a “consistent tool” for all teachers should they need to fight and attacker.

Superintendent William Hall tells the Erie Times-News the district’s revised school shooting response plan puts more emphasis on options other than “hiding and waiting.” The president of the local teachers union says he supports the move.

The district outside of Erie also had added additional security measures at school entrances.

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Last month, another Pennsylvania district said it was arming teachers and students with buckets of rocks.