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Hockey pucks vs. bullets. Which could win?

Hockey pucks. Yep, you read that correctly. Hockey pucks have been passed out to students to be used in the event of an active shooter on campus. They’re small and heavy and may be the perfect weapon against an active shooter on campus says on Michigan college.

Oakland University, a public school in Rochester Hills, near Detroit, is distributing thousands of 94-cent hockey pucks for just that reason.

The distribution began earlier this month. The idea came from a faculty active-shooter training session. A participant at the training asked Oakland University Police Chief Mark Gordon what items people could use to defend themselves on the campus, which has a no-weapons policy. 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.

Thousands of Hockey Pucks

The faculty union followed up on the idea, purchasing 2,500 hockey pucks: 800 for union members and 1,700 for students. 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.

Last Resort Fighting

Fighting, with a hockey puck or other means, should be “an absolute last strategy,” Gordon said.

What do you think? Will children being fired at by a crazed gunman have the clarity to remember where they put the hockey pucks. Then will they possess the fortitude to hurl them at the assailant? Let us know what you think below.

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