Everyone and their stepsister’s uncle’s cat has something to say about how we should solve school shootings. While many have volunteered unsolicited solutions, a few stick out (see School Arms Students with Rocks to Combat School Shooters). Today brings us yet another hall of famer. A Pennsylvania school district decided it won’t sit back and let shooters waltz through their doors. It’s time to fight back, teachers included.
Their weapon of choice: miniature bats. As in the swinging kind, not the winged daemon. Though the latter might be more effective.
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.
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 an 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.
It’s better than nothing, maybe. Yet I fail to see how a 16-inch bat could be any more effective than swinging a yardstick. Limited reach and all. They’ll have to chuck it and hope for the best.
At least they tried to come up with a solution. According to the superintendent, it’s supposed to be more symbolic than anything else. Thing is, “at least they tried” doesn’t exactly equate to “they succeeded in not getting their heads blown off.” It’s this kind of stupidity which costs American lives. Symbolism doesn’t stop shooters (see Kyle Kashuv Criticizes #MarchForOurLives for Their Hollow Activism). Tweeting #NeverAgain? Useless and annoying.
Such silly feel-goodery sounds nice in theory, but one can’t quite feel good when they’re dead. Because the toy bat didn’t save them from a strapped psycho.
Virtue signaling. It’s not helping. Allow Kyle Kashuv to explain: