The idea of arming teachers or other school personnel is apparently a non-starter in many public school districts around the country; liberal academic officials and politicians are determined to find a way to make schools safer without sacrificing those ever-so-important “no weapons on campus” policies that have done so much to protect us in the past.
Well, according to NPR, at least one school believes they’ve found the perfect compromise. If a mass shooter descends on their classrooms with an AR-15 in his hands, they’ll be ready with…hockey pucks!
Hockey pucks: They’re small, heavy and — one Michigan college thinks — might be the perfect weapon against an active shooter on campus.
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 university’s police chief acknowledged that it wasn’t necessarily a weapon of first resort. He told the Free Press that the hockey puck, or any other means of fighting back, should only be “an absolute last strategy.”
We have strong sympathies for any student whose life comes down to their ability to knock out a mass shooter with a hockey puck, but we suppose it’s better than nothing. Unfortunately, this idea is a sign of just how un-seriously school officials are taking this problem and how much faith they still have in gun-free zones and other malarkey that only attracts the very tragedies they’re trying to prevent.