Oakland University gave students and staff hockey pucks to defend themselves if there’s a shooting.
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Oakland University is arming students with hockey pucks in case there’s a shooting.
Mina Fuqua: ‘At first it sounded like the funniest thing ever, you know, how they were going to use these hockey pucks, make sure you have one to prepare yourself for a school shooting. I just didn’t see how that would be something as helpful.’
Oakland University in Michigan came up with the idea to hand out hockey pucks after an active shooter training session for faculty members.
One means of fighting the Chief discusses is throwing heavy objects to distract, hurt, or discourage an attacker. At a recent training, he used the example of a hockey puck, which individuals can easily carry on their person.
‘Oakland University wishes to emphasize and reiterate that the idea of fighting an armed attacker with a hockey puck was offered in the context of a last line of defense in an active shooter situation.’ -Statement from Oakland University
Mina Fuqua: ‘Even if I have a hockey puck on me i might not think like, oh I’m going to use this, you know what I mean? God forbid the situation ever happens but if a school shooting was to take place we could use whatever was in our reach.’
The university, which has a no-weapons policy, says faculty members elected to buy 800 pucks for their colleagues and another 1,700 for students, all paid for by the faculty union.
Mina Fuqua: ‘I’m glad Oakland University is taking some steps towards preparing people because I know school shootings are getting more common it seems, but i’m just grateful that they feel the need to do something about it even if it’s something as simple or as silly sounding as hockey pucks. That’s the first step. Eventually I feel like there will be more kind of serious measures taken or more realistic measures taken. ‘
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