PA schools use sticks and stones for defense


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Sticks and stones may break your bones — but will they protect you against an assault rifle with a cold hammer-forged barrel, flash hider, adjustable gas piston system, a folding seven-position telescoping high-impact polymer stock with rubber butt pad, and 30-round magazine?

Some Pennsylvania school superintendents believe Stone Age weaponry gives them a fighting chance.

A Pennsylvania school district last week gave its teachers small wooden baseball bats as a reminder to fight a school shooter with any weapon available should other options fail.

The superintendent of the Millcreek Township School District, near Erie, Pa., 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 said 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 also had added additional security measures at school entrances.

Last month, another Pennsylvania district said it was arming teachers and students with buckets of rocks. Blue Mountain School District Superintendent David Helsel said every classroom in the district, located about 90 miles northwest of Philadelphia, has a 5-gallon bucket of river stones. He said the rocks are one small part of the district's overall security plan.



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