Oxford parents and students file new legal action to address school safety concerns

The lawsuit seeks critical procedural changes rather than monetary damages.


A group of Michigan parents has filed a lawsuit against Oxford Community Schools, demanding the district make critical procedural changes months after a deadly shooting claimed the lives of four students.

According The Detroit Newsthe lawsuit – unlike others filed against the district – does not seek monetary damages, but rather seeks to “correct the district’s violations of students’ rights to a safe and effective learning environment.”

The complaint asks school administrators and education officials to revise safety policies.

ABC News notes that Oxford declined two separate offers from the Michigan prosecutor to lead an investigation into the shooting.

The suspected shooter, 16-year-old Ethan Crumbley, reportedly raised numerous red flags in the days leading up to the shooting. Crumbley reportedly made disturbing social media posts, drawings and journal entries.

On the day of the shooting, Crumbley and his parents were summoned to Oxford High School to discuss the boy’s troubling behavior.

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However, Crumbley’s parents refused to remove their son from school, even after officials revealed he had drawn violent pictures and was caught browsing munitions websites in class. .

Several hours after the meeting, Crumbley retrieved a handgun from his backpack and opened fire on his classmates.

Crumbley is currently charged with 24 counts after he killed four students and injured seven others.

Her parents, who bought the gun Crumbley used as a gift, also face four manslaughter charges.

Now Oxford families and students claim the district violated their constitutional rights to a safe and effective educational environment because of its actions, which they say increased the likelihood of a school shooting.

“There are harmful policies that are in place right now at Oxford, including if there’s no disciplinary issue you can’t keep the student or send them home,” the statement said. attorney Scott Weidenfeller, who is representing Oxford students and families in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit calls for policy changes, including transparency on new threats of violence, enhanced training for administrators and teachers, the right for officials to stop students from class if they pose a threat to them- themselves or for others.

The complaint also calls for teachers to be properly trained to search students’ belongings if there is a substantial risk they could harm others.

According to ABC News, the lawsuit focuses on the trauma and struggles endured by individual students in the aftermath of the shooting.

“Unable to follow lessons and tackle the daily social needs and mental obstacles that many face in high school, students at Oxford High School have been forced to discover a level of resilience and a constant weight of fear that no one else can. should be expected,” the lawsuit states.

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