Oxford parents calling for better safety measures, policy enforcement
OXFORD, Mich. (WNEM) - Parents and advocates are calling for better safety measures after the release of an independent investigation report following the mass shooting at Oxford High School in November 2021.
“They’re the ones who need to be safe. They’re the ones whose trust was broken. They’re the ones who were hurt on Nov. 30,” said Lori Bourgeu, parent-leader of Change4Oxford.
Bourgeu was referring to students affected by the Oxford High School shooting in November 2021.
Earlier this week, Guidepost released the first part of its report on threat and suicide assessments and physical security for Oxford Community Schools.
The first installment of the report focuses on the current safety procedures in place, measures that are only as good as the people willing to enforce them. Right now, Bourgeu said Oxford Community Schools isn’t doing enough.
“They aren’t following those policies they put in place. And that is still a problem today. And it’s clear, because Guidepost, the company that the school district paid to do the report, told us that,” she said.
Bourgeau and fellow parent Andrea Jones, along with many other students and parents, filed a lawsuit in 2022 seeking increased safety measures in an effort to bring transparency, accountability, and safety to the forefront.
While Jones gave credit to the school district, she said there are still areas that need improvement.
“This report, for me, did not do anything to restore trust in the district. It did cover a lot of the physical implementations for security that we’ve added. And those are great additions. However, it does seem as though we are still lacking in the major areas, which include threat assessment and suicide assessment,” Jones said.
Bourgeu said she thinks the district needs to be more proactive in preventing history from repeating itself.
“We need trust to be regained between the school board and community. And at this point and time, I’m just not sure how we get there,” she said.
TV5 reached out to Oxford Community Schools for comment but has not yet heard back.
Oxford High School shooter Ethan Crumbley pleaded guilty to 24 criminal charges in October. He’s expected in court for a review hearing on Friday, May 12. A miller hearing is tentatively scheduled for June 2, which must take place before sentencing a juvenile to life without parole.
Crumbley’s parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, will stand trial on four counts of involuntary manslaughter for the four deaths in the school shooting. A date for their trial has not yet been set.
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