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6 Objects Schools Armed Students with to Fight Active Shooters

2. Hockey Pucks

Earlier this month, Mark Gordon, police chief at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., came up with the idea to arm students and faculty with hockey pucks following a campus presentation on emergency preparedness.

During a discussion on the school’s recommended use of the “run, hide, fight” strategy, one student asked what they should fight with since the school has a no-weapons policy.

“It was just kind of a spur-of-the-moment idea that seemed to have some merit to it and it kind of caught on,” said Gordon, who is also a youth hockey coach. “[Hockey pucks] have enough mass to cause injury, small enough to be thrown, [are] portable and they’re not considered a weapon.”

So far, 3,500 hockey pucks have been purchased.

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