Michigan College Arming Faculty With Hockey Pucks
Oakland University near Pontiac has ordered 2500 hockey pucks to give to its faculty in the event of an active shooter.
Oakland University in suburban Detroit is arming its staff. With hockey pucks.
The idea emerged at a recent training session headed by Oakland University Police Chief Mark Gordon, a question was asked by a teacher at the school. Given that the University has banned guns, what could be used to defend oneself against an armed shooter?
Gordon, whose kids played hockey, and who has taken more than one puck off the noggin suggested a hockey puck. The idea took root and now students and faculty alike will be armed with the solid rubber disks.
"It was not a well-thought-out strategy," Gordon told reporters during a telephone interview Tuesday evening. "It was a spur-of-the-moment-thing that had merit to it and kind of caught on."
They are also part of a campaign to raise funds to install interior locks on classroom doors. Some doors are only lockable from the hallway.
But even though the hockey puck weaponry is more symbolic to get people talking about what to do in the event of an active shooter on the Rochester Hills campus, it is important to note that I've played enough hockey to know that if seven or eight people hurled pucks at someone, it would honestly be enough to distract them so that people could get away. And if you can buy people time, they can get away, and isn't that a good thing?
So unless you've taken a speeding puck off the face, I would refrain from commenting.