DETROIT — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said late Monday that Oxford school officials have declined her offer to lead an independent review of facts leading up to the Nov. 30 shooting that left four students dead.

This decision has not pleased her.

“We had heard that the Oxford School District had indicated that they wanted a third party to review the policies and protocols that were in place and, really, the events leading up to the acts of November 30 and what happened during the course of the events. So I offered my department,” Nessel told CNN host Don Lemon.

I thought “What better agency than the Michigan Department of Attorney General to do a special investigation?” We learned, just a short while ago, that the school district has turned down our offer and it said they’re going to go with a private security firm instead to conduct an internal review.”

On Sunday, Nessel, the top law enforcement officer in the state, offered to use her team to investigate the shooting that killed four students and injured seven people.

“I’m disappointed, quite honestly,” Nessel said on CNN.

She said she hopes the “school district cares as much about the safety of their students as they do shielding themselves from civil liability.”

Nessel explained that the Oakland County Sheriffs Department will be supported by the Oakland County Prosecutor and lawyers working for the attorney general “in every way possible.”

She stated, “We’re going talk to the local community.” “We’re going to talk to the parents and the students in Oxford and see what it is that they want to see happen. “I’m certain they will voice their disapproval at the reject of our offer.

It was only the beginning of the damage.A gunman transformed a day at Oxford High from a regular one into something nightmare-worthy in just five minutes

“Intent to Kill”:An interactive timeline showing the events at Oxford High School.

The school’s knowledge prior to the attack and the reasonable actions taken by school officials to stop the violence are at issue. Nessel shared new information regarding teacher safety and school threats. One of the Oxford victims was a teacher.

“I’ve been made aware of the fact that teachers all over the state have been getting death threats today as a result of people being upset about what they perceive to be the actions or non-actions that occurred in Oxford on November 30,” Nessel told CNN.

“Our educators protect us, protect our kids in school every day. But were there mistakes that were made in Oxford during the course of this event? I think that’s part of what the investigation will discover,” she added.

Families in the Oxford community will be heard, Nessel said. 

“But, again, if the school district is really looking for transparency and they’re really looking to ensure that everything that they did, and everything they continue to do, results in the most security for their students, which is something that people are greatly concerned about right now, then I would hope they would want to cooperate with the investigation by the state,” Nessel said

On Saturday, Oxford Superintendent Tim Throne had announced that the district planned to hire an outside investigator to look at its actions.

Nessel made an offer of assistance to the school on Sunday.

The state Office of Attorney General is best situated to do that review, Nessel said, because it houses both civil and criminal attorneys and investigators.

This means that the attorney general is able to examine not just whether criminal laws have been broken but also whether civil infractions occurred. She also examines policies and procedures in order to ensure that they are followed.

Contributing to Detroit Free Press: David Jesse

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Source: USAToday.com

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