- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Faculty and students at Oakland University in Michigan have started arming themselves with hockey pucks for self-defense against active shooters.

Police Chief Mark Gordon suggested the idea of using hockey pucks for self-defense during a campus training session earlier this year, calling it a “spur-of-the-moment idea that seemed to have some merit to it and it kind of caught on,” The Detroit Free Press reported.

Tom Discenna, a professor of communication and president of the faculty union, ran with the idea and the union ended up purchasing 2,500 pucks at 94 cents apiece, distributing them to students and staff earlier this month, The Free Press reported.

“It’s just the idea of having something, a reminder that you’re not powerless and you’re not helpless in the classroom,” Mr. Discenna said.

The pucks also serve as a fundraising tool and are imprinted with a number that people can enter on the university’s website to donate money toward locks for classroom doors.



Chief Gordon, a former youth hockey coach, said the first response to an active shooter situation should be to run and hide, but that the hockey pucks can serve as an effective last resort.

“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,” he told The Free Press. “[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.”

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