Hockey pucks: They are small, heavy and – a University of Michigan thinks – could be the perfect weapon against an active shooter on campus.
Oakland University, a public school located in Rochester Hills, near Detroit, distributes thousands of hockey pucks at 94 cents for this reason.
The cast, which began earlier this month, came after a March training session for active marksmen following the February shooting at a high school in Parkland. in Florida, which killed 17 people.
A participant in the training asked Oakland University Police Chief Mark Gordon what objects people could use to defend themselves on campus, which has an anti-arms policy, reports the Detroit Free Press.
A hockey puck is an "impulsive moment" idea that seems to have some merit and has made its way, "said Gordon.
The teachers' union responded to this idea by purchasing 2,500 hockey pucks: 800 for union members and 1,700 for students. Free Press reports.
The school organizes active shooter training sessions several times a year, teaching the method "Run, Hide, Fight" which puts the focus on the leak above all, about getting on hiding, if hiding is not an option – and fighting if hiding is not an option. t, either.
Fighting, with a hockey puck or other means, should be "one last absolute strategy," Gordon said. Free Press.
"If you threw [a hockey puck] in an armed man, it would probably cause injury. It would be a distraction, if nothing else, "Gordon told WXYZ, a local ABC station.
The police chief also suggested that a group of students could "rush" an active shooter with their pucks, thereby creating a distraction that would allow someone else to put the hand on the shooter's weapon.
Not everyone on campus shared this vision.
"If I gave you a puck and I had a rifle, would I be able to take you?" Jacob Gora, a fifth-year student, laughed at WXYZ. "Easily, yes, I mean, a puck will not distract me or prevent me from shooting on someone."
"If an armed person arrives, why would you throw them a puck?" Adam Kalajian, a third-year student, is heard. "I find that absurd."
The small black disks, however, are meant for more than mere defense.
They have a number of donors who can enroll in the university's online donation service, which directs funds toward the installation of interior locks on classroom doors.
The student newspaper of Oakland University, The Oakland Postwrote in March that the school had locks "outside, not inside" classrooms.
The university community has been trying to raise money for locks since the Parkland shootout. In addition to the purchase of pucks, the teachers union reportedly donated $ 5,000 for the locks.
"Over time and using our own resources, we will succeed," said Tom Discenna, a university professor and chair of the teachers union, in October.