OXFORD, Mich. – The Oxford Community School Board reversed course by launching an independent investigation into last November’s deadly shooting.
The announcement comes after the council heard community frustration over the district’s initial decision to suspend an exam until all disputes are resolved.
“We understand that waiting for civil and criminal trials to be completed first does not serve the community well,” said a school board member. “We can’t wait any longer to get an independent understanding of what happened that day.”
The Oxford School Board voted Tuesday night (May 17) to hire an outside firm to investigate the Nov. 30 shooting that left four students dead and seven injured.
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“Something went wrong, something went wrong,” said a man speaking from the podium. “People need to be held accountable.”
The man seen in the video above is the father of one of the surviving victims.
“You were informed by your staff, not once, not twice, but probably three times; we don’t know because we don’t have that information,” the father said. “He was shot with four other children who are not there and many more who were injured and will carry scares for the rest of their lives.”
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He, like so many others, including students who lived and relived that day, want answers.
The man seen in the video player above, others who share the same passion and energy as him, and the students who lived and are reliving that horrific day are demanding answers.
“You tell us to trust you, but the last time we blindly trusted you four students were murdered,” said a female student speaking from the podium.
Many have asked aloud why the council would want to hire a company to do this Attorney General Dana Nessel offered to do for free?
“You have a standing offer from GA,” the father said. “You should recuse yourself. You have a standing offer from AG. You want transparency rather than being transparent; would you rather hire an additional law firm? »
Some wondered if the results of a review, which the council had originally planned to do after the criminal and civil cases were concluded, would make a difference.
“On November 30, this 15-year-old boy became a murderer when he was handed a backpack containing a gun,” said a woman speaking from the podium. “We can engage all the experts and third-party agencies and all the agencies that are available. “We can spend all the money on all the resources because our children are worth it, but if you want to talk about prevention, check the backpack every time, we can’t have advanced conversations about prevention s ‘there is no responsibility.’
The council also voted to approve a permanent memorial for Tate Myre, Hana St Juliana, Madisyn Baldwin and Justin Shilling.
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