Some Oxford Students Return to Classrooms

​Extra security and counseling are in place as elementary and middle school classes are back in session. Oxford High School remains closed after a mass shooting that killed four students and wounded several others.

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Photo Credit: Laura Herberg, WDET

Some students in Oxford return to classes Monday.

Officials in essence shut the school system down last month after a gunman killed four students and wounded several others at Oxford High School.

Prosecutors say a high school sophomore allegedly took a gun to school in his backpack on Nov. 30, “with the intent to murder as many students as he could.” Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald charged the 15-year-old with one count of terrorism causing death, four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to murder and 12 counts of possessing a firearm in commission of a felony. His parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, are facing charges of involuntary manslaughter.

The high school remains closed. Elementary and middle schools briefly reopened after the shooting until threats on social media forced officials to cancel classes through the holidays.

Now superintendent Tim Throne says middle and high school students must carry see-through backpacks. “We have therapy dogs in all the buildings. We have counselors scheduled in all the buildings, trauma specialists scheduled in all the buildings as well as private security in all the buildings.”

Several survivors of the shooting filed $100 million lawsuits, charging officials should have done more once the suspect appeared disturbed.

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  • Quinn Klinefelter
    Quinn Klinefelter is a Senior News Editor at 101.9 WDET. In 1996, he was literally on top of the news when he interviewed then-Senator Bob Dole about his presidential campaign and stepped on his feet.