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December 15, 2018

University hands out hockey pucks to defend against a possible campus shooter

November 29, 2018
Hockey pucks are being distributed around the Oakland University campus as a possible self-defense tool for an active shooter situation and to raise money to install new interior locks on classroom doors. (Oakland University)

What the puck?

Oakland University in Michigan has equipped students and faculty with hockey pucks as a form of self-defense against potential on-campus active shooters.




The idea of a hockey puck being thrown at a gunman came up during a March training session led by University Police Chief Mark Gordon, according to the Detroit Free Press.

“Anything that you can throw that’s heavy and will cause damage, cause injury is the bottom line of what you’re trying to do,” Gordon said. “(A hockey puck) was just a thing that was suggested that could possibly work, especially when you have 20 or 30 people in a classroom and they all throw hockey pucks at the same time, it would be quite the distraction.”

Tom Discenna, president of the American Association of University Professors, pushed the faculty union to buy 2,500 of the hockey pucks, which cost about a dollar each.

About 800 pucks are being passed out to faculty members, and another 1,700 will be given to students.

The pucks are also part of a fund-raising campaign to add interior locks on classroom doors — another possible deterrent in an active shooter situation.

However, some are calling timeout on the puck distribution idea.

“Now who is going to teach them how to properly aim?? A new class, Puck Tossing 101? Will likely be the last thing they ever throw,” a Facebook user wrote.

Another said, “I wanna go up against an AR-15 with a hockey puck … T. This world has gone insane.”

“I find it, at first, absurd,” student Adam Kalajian told WXYZ-TV Detroit. “If there’s an armed person coming in, why would you chuck a puck at them?”

It isn’t the first time this year a school armed its staff members with sporting equipment.

Following February’s deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., a Pennsylvania school district gave miniature wooden baseball bats to 500 teachers as a form of protection during an active shooter situation.

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