DETROIT — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has offered her department’s services to do an independent investigation of how Oxford High School officials handled the days leading up to the mass shooting at the schoolThe incident left seven people injured and four others dead.
In two tweets Sunday morning, Nessel responded to Oxford Superintendent Tim Throne’s announcement Saturday that the district will hire an outside investigator to look at its actions, who said he called for the third-party probe because parents have raised questions about “the school’s version of events” regarding the Tuesday shooting.
Nessel replied to a tweet concerning a Detroit Free Press article, saying that they had reached out the Oxford School District attorney and provided the Michigan Department of Attorney’s General with the necessary resources to perform a comprehensive and thorough review of the shooting on 11/30/21 and all events preceding it.
Nessel said that Nessel and his special agents were uniquely qualified to conduct an investigation of such magnitude. They are also prepared to do extensive investigations and inquire to address the numerous questions the community may have about this tragedy.
Nessel told the Free Press, part of the USA TODAY Network, that she has been in contact all week long with Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald, who, Nessel said, “has made it pretty clear that a comprehensive investigation of the school (needs) to be done.”
McDonald gave a litany of red flags Friday about 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley charged in the shooting, including a cellphone search for gun ammunition observed by a teacher the day before the incident and a note found on the suspect’s desk hours before the shooting that showed a drawing of a bullet with the words “blood everywhere” near a person who appeared to have been gunned down.
Nessel’s The office is ideal for this review. Because it hosts both criminal and civil attorneys, investigators. The AG can examine civil and criminal infractions as well as whether they were violated by any of these laws. She also knows how to review policies and procedures in order to ensure that they are followed.
Nessel stated that the investigation should not be conducted by any private firm employed by the school district. Private law firms often care more about protecting their clients than it is to conduct an independent inquiry. The school district would do the investigation in this instance.
“We want to answer all the questions the parents have about this,” Nessel said. That includes trying to figure out the facts of the situation.
Nessel explained that “there’s lots of information out there.” Nessel stated, “I do not know what’s true at this time.”
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Nessel’s office sent an email to the school district’s attorney on Saturday offering services. Although she said that her office hadn’t received a response by mid-afternoon on Sunday, she wasn’t concerned about the situation.
She said, “They should talk about it.”
Throne wrote a Saturday letter to parents regarding the actions taken by the school district prior to Tuesday’s shooting.
He wrote that Oxford High School counselors did not believe the 15-year-old charged with killing four classmates and wounding seven others was at risk of harming others. He also wrote that Crumbley, who will be charged as an adult with murder, terrorism and other crimes, appeared calm in an office meeting with his parents on Tuesday, the morning of the shootings, and claimed a graphic drawing depicting blood and a bullet was a part of a video game idea he was designing.
The letter also contained a pledge to conduct an independent investigation. It comes after numerous parents and community members have questioned whether school officials could have intervened more aggressively in Crumbley’s behavior.
“Our community and our families deserve a full, transparent accounting of what occurred,” Throne wrote. We also intend to provide regular updates for our community and families.”
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