These teachers are going to need some bigger bats

“Flee when you can, and fight when you must.”

That’s the new school safety plan at a school district near Erie, Pennsylvania. As schools across the country take a hard look at their readiness for an attack, this district is actually arming their teachers with an unorthodox “weapon” in the event they ever have to fight. The weapons are inspired by those miniature baseball bats sold at souvenir stands in stadiums everywhere. Actually, the weapons are those very same miniature bats.

That’s right, teachers will have to do battle with glorified drumsticks. In the event of a hobbit attack or squirrel invasion, these bats will come in very handy.

The district superintendent says teachers aren’t expected to confront an attacker with these chopsticks-on-steroids. Which is good, because their only chance with a miniature bat would have to be a perfectly placed ninja-throw from several feet away.

The superintendent says, "The bats are more symbolic than anything. However, we do want to have one consistent tool to have at somebody’s disposal in a classroom in the event they have to fight."

How ‘bout, I don’t know, a regular-sized baseball bat? Even a Little League aluminum bat would give teachers more of a fighting chance.

The district’s 500 teachers each received their 16-inch bat this week. And I’m sure they instantly felt much safer, well, after they modified their bats with nails and barbed wire.

Even a miniature bat might be better than nothing.

It’s easy to joke about arming teachers with souvenir bats, but the reality is that the organizations that train teachers in how to survive attacks recommend trying to throw books, chairs and any items at hand at an attacker if the victims are unable to escape. Another reality is that typical classrooms only have one door, so students and teachers can easily be trapped during an attack. Even a miniature bat might be better than nothing.

And, at the very least, it’s good to hear about a sane school district emphasizing the potential of fighting back against an attacker rather than relying on hiding in lockdown. According to a recent local survey, the district’s residents are “overwhelmingly” in favor of giving guns to at least some teachers and staff. The only catch is, arming teachers isn’t yet legal in Pennsylvania.

So, until that happens, these teachers are going to need some bigger bats.

Sen. Ted Cruz: NOBODY should be afraid of Trump's Supreme Court justice pick

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to weigh in on President Donald Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees and talk about his timely new book, "One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History."

Sen. Cruz argued that, while Congressional Democrats are outraged over President Trump's chance at a third court appointment, no one on either side should be afraid of a Supreme Court justice being appointed if it's done according to the founding documents. That's why it's crucial that the GOP fills the vacant seat with a true constitutionalist.

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to talk about why he believes President Donald Trump will nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.

Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will consider and vote on the nominee, also weighed in on another Supreme Court contender: Judge Barbara Lagoa. Lee said he would not be comfortable confirming Lagoa without learning more about her history as it pertains to upholding the U.S. Constitution.

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This week on the Glenn Beck Podcast, Glenn spoke with Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias about his new book, "One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger."

Matthew and Glenn agree that, while conservatives and liberals may disagree on a lot, we're not as far apart as some make it seem. If we truly want America to continue doing great things, we must spend less time fighting amongst ourselves.

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'A convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists': Why is the New York Times defending George Soros?

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn discussed the details of a recent New York Times article that claims left-wing billionaire financier George Soros "has become a convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists who have falsely claimed that he funds spontaneous Black Lives Matter protests as well as antifa, the decentralized and largely online, far-left activist network that opposes President Trump."

The Times article followed last week's bizarre Fox News segment in which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared to be censored for criticizing Soros (read more here). The article also labeled Glenn a "conspiracy theorist" for his tweet supporting Gingrich.

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