13 April, 2018
The Millcreek Township School District superintendent said the bats were given to teachers following training on how to deal with school shooters.
Many Oklahoma school districts have canceled classes since April 2 when thousands of teachers traveled to the state Capitol demanding that lawmakers provide more tax dollars for classroom needs.
Hall admits the bats are primarily "symbolic", but that they were handed out in reaction to the Parkland, Florida, mass shooting. "We didn't talk about the other options of running or barricading... and how do you defend yourself", he explained. They will be locked up in each classroom when not in use. "We're not just going to hide".
Hall emphasized that the bats are not a way of arming the teachers, but rather offering a tool that can be used in a crisis situation.
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"It is the last resort", Millcreek Schools Superintendent William Hall told CBS, "but it is an option and something we want people to be aware of".
The agreement said the district shall have the right to terminate the employment of Alexandria Pelano if she is found guilty of further misconduct after a hearing under Civil Service Law or other due process requirements.
She said the bats are the size of souvenirs. It said "the parties wish to resolve the issues between them in a mutually agreeable manner, without expending the time and expense of conducting a formal disciplinary hearing". "I don't see [the bats] doing much damage. Part of the formula now is to fight back, and so I think the bats that were provided for the staff were symbolic of that".
Another parent, Karen Munson, told ABC News that she is completely in favor of having these bats in the classrooms.