A COLLEGE near Detroit, Michigan is issuing hockey pucks to teachers to defend against shooters in schools.
Rather than issue guns, where you can take cover behind an object, present as little profile as possible and still take out a hostile these Einsteins want you to use hockey pucks which require you to stand completely unobstructed so you can haul off and throw one.
To think that such a stupid idea is being introduced by the people responsible for educating kids.
Oakland University, a public school located in Rochester Hills, near Detroit, is distributing thousands of 94-cent hockey pucks for just that reason.
The distribution, which began earlier this month, stemmed from a March faculty active-shooter training session following February’s shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school that left 17 dead.
A participant at the training asked the Oakland University Police Chief Mark Gordon what items people could use to defend themselves on the campus, which has a no-weapons policy, the Detroit Free Press reports.
A hockey puck was a “spur-of-the-moment idea that seemed to have some merit to it and it kind of caught on,” Gordon said.
The faculty union followed up on the idea, purchasing 2,500 hockey pucks: 800 for union members and 1,700 for students, the Free Press reports.
The school conducts active-shooter training sessions multiple times a year, teaching the “Run, Hide, Fight” method which emphasizes fleeing an active-shooter situation above all else, hiding if fleeing isn’t an option — and fighting if hiding isn’t, either.
Fighting, with a hockey puck or other means, should be “an absolute last strategy,” Gordon told the Free Press.
“If you threw [a hockey puck] at a gunman it would probably cause some injury. It would be a distraction, if nothing else,” Gordon told WXYZ, a local ABC station.
The police chief also suggested a group of students could “rush” an active shooter with their pucks, creating a distraction that would allow someone else to get their hands on the shooter’s weapon.
Not everyone on campus was on board with this vision.
“If I was to give you a puck, and I had a gun, would I be able to take you out?” fifth-year student Jacob Gora told WXYZ with a laugh. “Easily, yeah. I mean, a puck is not going to distract me or stop me from shooting someone.”
“If there’s an armed person coming in, why would you chuck a puck at them?” echoed third-year student Adam Kalajian. “I find it absurd.”
The little black discs are meant for more than just self-defense, though.
They’re emblazoned with a number donors can plug into the university’s online giving service, which direct any donated funds to the installation of interior locks on the university’s classroom doors.
Oakland University’s student newspaper, The Oakland Post, wrote in March that the school has locks “on the outside, not the inside” of classrooms.
The university’s community has been trying to raise money for locks since the Parkland shooting. Along with purchasing pucks, the faculty union reportedly donated $5,000 toward the locks.
“Over time and using our own resources, we will make this happen,” Tom Discenna, a university professor and faculty union president said in October.