Oxford superintendent resigns, cites stress, health issues related to school shooting
OXFORD, MI -- Oxford Community Schools Superintendent Ken Weaver will step down from his post early next year after he was recently placed on medical leave. According to the Detroit News, Weaver’s resignation will take effect on Feb. 21, 2023. Board members read a letter from Weaver announcing the decision and that Weaver will continue to cooperate with an ongoing investigation into the deadly shooting at Oxford High School on Nov. 30, 2021. Weaver was named superintendent of the district in March after the previous superintendent, Tim Throne retired. READ MORE:Accused Oxford High shooter pursuing GED from jailParents of accused Oxford High School shooter told him to ‘suck it up,’ laughed when he asked for help, police testifyAccused Oxford shooter to remain in adult prisonmlive.com
Security guard accidentally discharges gun at Oxford Middle School
OXFORD, MI -- A security guard who was using the bathroom accidentally discharged his weapon at Oxford Middle School Monday, according to the Oxford Community Schools. No one was injured in the accident and no one aside from the security guard was aware of the discharge until he came forward to report it. In an email sent to parents, Superintendent Ken Weaver said the security guard explained he hung his weapon on a hook inside the men’s single-stall staff bathroom. The security guard then reported the weapon discharge to the school district and the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office as required by law. The security guard is a former police officer with 28 years experience who has worked for the school district for the past five years.mlive.com
Lawyer: Teen a worry months before Michigan school shooting
Some teachers and a counselor at a Michigan high school were aware of a teen's troubling interest in guns and violence months before he was accused of fatally shooting four students and wounding others, a lawyer representing victims' families said Thursday. “From literally the beginning of school, Ethan Crumbley was evidencing signs of being a highly troubled individual, to say the least,” said Detroit attorney Ven Johnson, citing depositions taken in a civil lawsuit against Oxford Community Schools and some staff at Oxford High School. One teacher said Crumbley drew what appeared to be an ammunition magazine on a note card in late August 2021.news.yahoo.com
Oxford Schools board president resigns
OXFORD, MI -- The president of the Oxford Community Schools board has resigned, less than a year after the fatal shooting at the district’s high school that killed four. Oxford Schools Superintendent Ken Weaver sent a letter to parents Wednesday, Sept. 14 about the departure of Tom Donnelly. “This afternoon, we were informed that Oxford Community Schools Board of Education President Tom Donnelly was resigning from the board, effective today. The school board rejected an offer from state Attorney General Dana Nessel to investigate the shooting and instead sought an independent review from a New York company. Initially, the board voted to delay that review until all criminal and civil litigation was completed in regard to the shooting, but soon after changed course.mlive.com
Gov. Whitmer signs bill funding school security, mental health support for Oxford students
Gretchen Whitmer signed a bill Friday to fund security efforts at schools across the state and additional mental health support for Oxford Community Schools. The bill provides a total of $14 million to all schools, including traditional public, intermediate school schools and private schools, according to a press release from Whitmer’s office. Whitmer said these efforts will help students “recover from the horrific shooting last year.”“I am proud to sign this bill to help keep students safe,” Whitmer said in the release. It will also help schools ensure their emergency plans and protocols are effective and in-place, the release said. The legislature needs to support Whitmer’s budget request, which plans for a $361 million increase in children’s mental health and $51 million for school safety grants, Rice said.mlive.com
‘Beyond heartbroken, we’re traumatized, we’re devastated’: Oxford shooting victim’s parents sue district
His mother says his soul can’t rest until the truth comes out as the parents of Oxford High School shooting victim Justin Shilling are joining a lawsuit and filing an additional federal lawsuit against Oxford Schools.
Oxford school board declines attorney general’s second offer to investigate deadly high school shooting
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel made a second offer to the board of education at Oxford Community Schools to perform an independent investigation of the Oxford High School shooting. The board declined her offer.
Michigan AG wants to investigate deadly Oxford High School shooting; district reluctant
In December, Oxford Community Schools declined an invitation from Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel to conduct a third-party investigation into the Nov. 30 school shooting that resulted in the deaths of four students. Related: First lawsuit filed against Oxford Community SchoolsThe accused shooter was removed from his classroom twice on two consecutive school days leading up to the shooting. In the meantime, the accused shooter was sent back to his classroom. Related: Another lawsuit resulting from Oxford High shootingMLive has requested and is awaiting comment from the elected Oxford Community Schools Board of Education and Superintendent Ken Weaver. More on MLive :Parents of accused shooter again denied lower bondProsecutor asks that accused shooter’s name not be used in courtAccused Oxford High School shooter to remain in adult jail pending trial“How do I get my fan mail?” Accused Oxford High shooter’s jail messages revealed in courtJudge to determine if accused Oxford High shooter should be moved to juvenile facilityAccused Oxford High shooter discussed raping, killing a female classmate, prosecution saysmlive.com
Therapy dog program headed to Oxford schools after donations pour in
OXFORD, MI — Oxford Community Schools is on its way to getting its own therapy dog program, thanks to thousands in donations gathered in just a few weeks. In the days following the Nov. 30 mass shooting at Oxford High School that left four students dead and seven more people wounded, Brighton Area Schools volunteered its pack of 13 therapy dogs to students attending Oxford Middle School. Hoping to start a similar program for Oxford, Maria Gistinger on Jan. 14 created a GoFundMe page to raise funds to acquire several trained dogs. Gistinger is a retired CFO of Brighton Area Schools, which has had a Social Emotional Learning Dogs program for 12 years, founded by Brighton schoolteacher Karen Storey. The Santo family donated $10,000 to the cause and have naming rights to one of the dogs, Gistinger said.mlive.com
Oxford High School attorney asks judge to stall civil lawsuit until criminal cases are resolved
A federal judge may postpone proceedings in a $100 million-plus civil lawsuit filed against Oxford Community Schools, pending resolution of related criminal cases stemming from the mass shooting at Oxford High School in Oakland County on Nov. 30. The lawsuit names Oxford Community Schools, Superintendent Timothy Throne, Oxford High School Principal Steven Wolf, Dean of Students Ryan Moore, two counselors, two teachers and a staff member. Attorneys for the school district claim the civil lawsuit is likely to interfere with criminal proceedings, since most of the information requested by Fieger in the civil lawsuit overlaps evidence expected to be presented during the prosecution of Crumbley and his parents. The defense filed a response to the lawsuit denying the school linked the incident to Crumbley. The information available to the school should have been enough to alert them to the “imminent attack,” the lawsuit said.mlive.com
Fundraising underway to get therapy dog program for Oxford Community Schools in wake of mass shooting
OXFORD, MI — In the wake of a mass shooting that left four students dead and seven more people wounded, an online campaign is underway to start a therapy dog program within Oxford Community Schools. Birmingham resident Maria Gistinger on Jan. 14 created the GoFundMe campaign seeking to raise funds to acquire five trained therapy dogs. The Nov. 30 shooting at Oxford High School saw 10 students and one teacher suffer gunshot wounds. A few days afterward, Brighton Area Schools volunteered its pack of 13 therapy dogs to Oxford Middle School. Read more:New court date set for accused Oxford High School shooterAccused Oxford High School shooter pleads not guilty at circuit court arraignmentOxford High School shooting suspect bound over to higher court for trialAccused Oxford High School shooter kept decapitated baby bird’s head in jar, prosecution saysmlive.com
Columbine survivors share experiences, messages of hope as Oxford students return to high school
Local 4's Nick Monacelli visited with survivors of the 1999 Columbine massacre to hear their experiences and advice as Oxford students return to their high school for the first time since the Nov. 30 mass shooting.
Oxford School Superintendent Addresses Claims Related To High School Shooting
The superintendent of Oxford Community Schools, where four students were shot dead at Oxford High School, posted an open letter countering claims made in a lawsuit accusing the district of not doing enough to prevent the attack.detroit.cbslocal.com
Memorial for Oxford High School shooting victims to be removed until long-term plans are made
The temporary memorial that was created by the Oxford community played a magnificent role in honoring and remembering the Wildcats who lost their lives while also providing a place for the community to grieve.
Oxford schools superintendent Tim Throne discusses shooting: ‘Our hearts are broken, but our spirit is not’
The worst thing that can happen in any school district happened in his. Tim Throne, the superintendent of Oxford Community Schools, sat down with Local 4′s Devin Scillian and discussed the shooting at Oxford High School.
Whitmer Calls For Special Election To Fill 3 Michigan House Seats
Officials say the vacancies are caused by the election of Reps. Douglas Wozniak and Mark Huizenga to Michigan Senate and the death of Rep. Andrea Schroeder. The vacant seats are for the 36th, 43rd and 74th districts.detroit.cbslocal.com
Oxford schools closed rest of week after threat leads to community concern
OXFORD, MI -- Oxford Community Schools has canceled classes for the rest of the week after a threat was made targeting the middle school on Tuesday. The closure comes just two weeks after four students were killed in the Oxford High School shooting that stunned the community and pulled the northern Oakland County community in the national spotlight. All Oxford school buildings were closed on Tuesday, Dec. 14 out of an abundance of caution after police investigated a threatening image on social media directed at the middle school. Related: Oxford schools closed Tuesday after threat made regarding middle schoolThe district announced the extended closure through an alert on its website Tuesday night. “This has caused us to pause and consider the current needs and emotional well-being of our school community.mlive.com
Oxford schools closed Tuesday after threat made regarding middle school
OXFORD, MI -- Oxford Community Schools canceled classes Tuesday after a specific threat was made targeting the middle school. The closure comes two weeks after four students were killed at Oxford High School in a shooting that has rocked the community. “Today, December 13, we received an image from social media that included a specific threat directed at our middle school. We immediately notified law enforcement, who are investigating,” read a posting on the district website. READ MORE:Second public defender hired for Ethan CrumbleyA close-knit, family community: Oxford locals want the world to see more than shooting‘Ethan don’t do it,’ Mom texted son when she heard news of Oxford school shooting, prosecutor saysmlive.com
K-12 Alliance of Michigan objects to Fieger’s civil lawsuit against Oxford schools, staff
Attorney Geoffrey Fieger was the first to file two $100 million lawsuits Thursday on behalf of one Oxford High School shooting survivor and her family -- but some educational leaders are taking issue with the litigation.
Attorney: Oxford school staff, administrators betrayed trust by failing to prevent shooting, protect children
An attorney representing two sisters present for and injured in the Oxford High School shooting believes that school staff and administrators could have prevented the fatal shooting, but failed to do so.
Oxford school district will use outside firm to investigate high school shooting
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said she is disappointed that Oxford Community Schools turned down her offer to investigate the high school shooting. Instead, the school will use an outside firm to investigate what happened.
Oxford High School returns to virtual learning after COVID-19 outbreak, 195 students in quarantine
OXFORD, MI – A Michigan high school has returned to virtual learning as nearly 200 of its students are in quarantine. The COVID-19 outbreak at Oxford High School began on March 10 after several large social gatherings, unrelated to school events, occurred over the previous weekend, school officials said. We are very proud of our students, our staff, and our community. “Schools continue to be a safe place for students. School officials expect in-person instruction to resume on March 22.mlive.com