Regardless of how old you are, you have probably seen a cartoon or slapstick comedy of someone trying to fight a forest fire with only a small bucket or a squirt gun. The gesture may be good but the results are not. What comes across as comedy is actually a tragedy and that’s what one Pennsylvania school district is setting themselves up for.
A month ago, we heard about the Blue Mountain School District in Pennsylvania who was placing a bucket of river rocks in every classroom as a defensive measure in the event of an active shooter. Somehow, the superintendent expects teachers and students to stand there and throw stones at an active shooter while the shooter is shooting at them. Sorry folks, but when it comes to bullets versus stones, there can only be one winner. Think about it. If someone was shooting at you, would you stand there and throw rocks or would you be trying to duck down and hide behind something?
If you think this scenario is absurd, then consider what Millcreek School District Superintendent William Hall just did to protect his district’s students from any possible active shooter.
The district held a training session for all 500 teachers on what to do in the event of an active shooter. At the training session, every teacher was given a 16 inch-long wooden bat and then taught how to use it.
Yep, that’s right, a small wooden baseball bat to defend against someone with a gun. I wonder if the training session featured a video of some Hollywood superhero deflecting bullets with his or her shield, wrist band, club or bat, because that’s the vision this kind of absurdity conjures up.
“The bats are more symbolic than anything. However, we do want to have one consistent tool to have at somebody’s disposal in a classroom in the event they have to fight.”
In the event they have a fight? You can bet in today’s warped world of values and lawsuit happy public, the first teacher that uses his or her bat to break up a fight will be sued for striking a student.
When I was in school, teachers were allowed to spank and there was a lot more discipline and respect back in those days. My 6th grade teacher had been a pro-baseball pitcher and when he swatted you, it lifted you off the ground, but that’s no longer allowed which is why there are so many problems in schools today.
If I was one of those teachers, I would have handed the tiny worthless bat back to the superintendent and insisted on being given permission to carry a gun in the classroom. The ONLY way to stop an active shooter is to shoot back.
Giving teachers rocks and tiny wooden bats are only going to get someone injured or killed in the event of a school shooting. Rocks and wooden bats won’t stop bullets or protect students, but bullets being fired back will. The only thing those small bats are going to be good for is to tie two together to make a cross to put on a teacher’s grave in the event they try to use it defend against an active shooter.