The Puck Defense

Careful, those hockey games are violent. The university doesn’t want to promote that.

They’re hoping it will never happen, but if a shooter shows up on their campus, students and professors at a university in Michigan may be throwing hockey pucks.

“They have enough mass to cause injury, small enough to be thrown, (are) portable and they’re not considered a weapon,” Oakland University police Chief Mark Gordon told CNN.

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But the hockey pucks are an “absolutely last resort,” said Thomas Discenna, president of Oakland University’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

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The university’s AAUP chapter has already bought 2,500 hockey pucks, the first 800 of which have been distributed to faculty and the rest to students. They cost 94 cents each, said a university spokesman, who added that the student government ordered another 1,000 pucks.