Oxford students to file federal lawsuit demanding change to safety policies after deadly shooting

Posted at 3:50 PM, June 17, 2022 and last updated 12:27 AM, June 22, 2022

By Jim Kiertzner

OXFORD, Mich. (WXYZ) — A new federal lawsuit will be filed today by 20 Oxford students seeking a judge to order change before the start of the new school year in 10 weeks.

The lawsuit is unique as it is not seeking any money damages.

 

Examples of the changes the students want include the immediate:

    • Retraction of all statements made in the course of the district’s cover story after the shooting.
    • Implementation of a fully transparent and independent third-party investigation of the actions and events leading up to the school shooting.
    • End to its practice of concealing and minimizing threats of violence and instead its engagement of full transparency regarding future threats of violence and safety concerns.
    • End to the practice of returning students to class when there is no “disciplinary issue” even when the student poses a risk of harm to himself/herself or others.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer embraces Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter as the two leave flowers and pay their respects Thursday morning, Dec. 2, 2021 at Oxford High School in Oxford, Mich. A 15-year-old boy has been denied bail and moved to jail after being charged in the Michigan school shooting that killed four students and injured others.(Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)

  • Securing of proper training for administrators and staff regarding the restriction of students from returning to class if they are suicidal and/or pose a risk to self or others.
  • Securing of proper training for administrators and staff regarding legal searches of student belongings when that student poses a safety risk.
  • Securing of proper training for administrators and staff regarding risk and threat assessments, especially when students are suicidal.

In a Zoom news conference, parents of the students say school officials continue to cover up what happened back on November 30 when four students were killed, and six others injured along with one teacher.

The alleged shooter had displayed several warning signs, was sent to the office the day of the shooting, but when his parents said they were too busy to take him out of school, he was returned back to class and did the shooting a few hours later.

Oxford School Board members delayed for months doing an investigation and turned down the state Attorney General three times to do an independent investigation.

The board finally hired a company but there is no start date, and the information will go through a law firm hired by the district.

The parents who spoke say their kids still live in fear at Oxford and this is needed now.

This story was originally published June 17, 2022 by WXYZ in Detroit, an E.W. Scripps Company.

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