[Ed. – For them to do ‘similar damage,’ wouldn’t the ‘user’ need a stick as well and know how to use it?]
Hockey pucks have been known to cause some serious injuries on the rink, but now school officials are hoping that they can do similar damage in more dangerous situations.
Oakland University in Michigan is passing out hockey pucks to be used as possible weapons against mass shooters. The school’s initiative is twofold: circulating hockey pucks around campus in case of a dire situation, and raising funds retrofit the school’s classroom doors so that they can be locked from the inside.
The impetus for these efforts in suburban Detroit came after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida in February, in which 17 students and staff members were killed. At the time, Oakland University was on break. But when students came back, they were shaken by what had happened.
“I walked into the classroom and a young woman approached me and said ‘Will you please lock the door? After what happened in Florida, I don’t feel safe,'” said Tom Discenna, a communications professor at Oakland University and the president of the school’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors.