School shootings have prompted Mabton to think outside the box when it comes to keeping kids safe.

The most important thing to train teachers and administrators is to have the right frame of mind when someone enters a school with a weapon. It's natural to panic, but it's up to school staff to neutralize the threat to the best of their ability until first responders arrive. Part of the training is how to confront a shooter.

Since weapons are forbidden on school grounds, one approach is to give staff baseball bats. In one photo shown in Sunnyside's Daily Sun News, the bats are small, like the kind recommended to keep close to your bed to break windows open in case of a fire.

The training helps staff know how to confront dangerous individuals who may be bigger or stronger than them.