School district, union agreement could be last stop for bus driver

School district, union agreement could be last stop for bus driver

In a response to recent school shootings across the country the Millcreek School District has equipped 500 of its teachers with the miniature baseball bats.

In a story you're going to be convinced originated on the satirical website The Onion, a Pennsylvania school district is arming its teachers with baseball bats.

"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", said Jon Cacchione, president of the teachers union Millcreek Education Association, to the Times-News.

As for the bats, they cost the district $3 each.

Hall says it's just one of several initiatives in the works to ensure student safety, including a concrete barrier around the high school walkway and additional security measures at each entrance.

The 14 February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 pupils and staff dead, and the student-led protests which followed have been the catalyst for a national conversation about how best to respond to gun violence in U.S. schools. "But teachers are here to teach, not to be in the line of defense that carries weapons".

Other school districts announced a return to class, including Moore Public Schools, Oklahoma's fourth-largest district.

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




Superintendent William Hall, of the Millcreek School District, in Erie, admits some parents have had negative reactions to the idea - it struck at least one as a "joke" - but to him, "it's more about the educational piece and that awareness - teaching our kids to be better prepared for these situations".

"As a school board member, I don't think our minds are set up in any particular direction, and that's exactly why we're having this conversation tonight", school board member Jonathan Kassa said.

The district did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News' request for comment on the bats Wednesday.

Oklahoma Republican Gov. Mary Fallin approved teacher pay raises of about $6,100, but many educators say that's not enough because classrooms still need more money.

"We passed them out, with the goal being we wanted every room to have one of these", he said. I want people to know that we're looking at everything.

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

Baseball equipment including baseballs, mitt, bat and helmet.

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