A school district in Erie, Pennsylvania has armed its teachers with miniature baseball bats to use as a last resort against active shooters.
The superintendent of Millcreek Township School District said Wednesday that the 18-inch wood bats are also meant to be “symbolic,” not just practical, the New York Times reported.
“We don’t want to be sitting ducks,” William Hall told the Times. “We’re not just going to hide.”
The baseball bats are meant to be a reminder that traditional responses to active shooters in schools—such as turning off the lights in the classroom, shutting the door, and hiding—are not enough.
A survey of Internet news items leads me to conclude the exact opposite. Certain types of irony and symbolism are not strong suits for liberals. To me, that bats represent the first, fall back and the last line of defence. Taking a shooter out before he really gets rolling serves no good purpose. A toy baseball bat says we did the best we could with what we had.
If 7 and 8-year-olds can be suspended for eating a pop tart into the shape of a gun, or for giving the gunman’s salute thus constituting an assault, a toy baseball bat ought to be up there with a tactical nuclear device.