In the case of a shooting, one school district in Pennsylvania will be prepared with these tiny bats that would definitely break if you hit someone with them once.
As Erie News Now reports, the Millcreek School District will give out baseball bats—they’re 16 inches long, so more like souvenir baseball bats—to 500 teachers, so they can fight back if a person with a gun enters a school. They’ll keep the bats locked up, as if that won’t stop a student or two from stealing one. From the local news segment, which isn’t embeddable but is worth watching here:
“It is the last resort,” said Millcreek School District Superintendent William Hall. “But, it is an option and something we want people to be aware of.”
Hall also says the bats are mostly “symbolic,” so those two things seem contradictory. Hopefully, these weapons will never have to be used, because they wouldn’t work anyway.