All students at Oxford Community Schools are at home for the rest of the week following earlier threats of further violence.
The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office had declared all buildings safe for reopening, the district said; however, tensions and concerns remain high enough for the district to keep buildings locked down.
“Many members of our community have expressed concern over yesterday’s threat and do not feel ready to return,” the district said. “It caused us to pause and consider the current needs and emotional well-being of our school community. Therefore, we have decided to close all school buildings in the district for the remainder of the week. »
Already, the district had delayed plans to reopen the Oxford High School building early in the new year, following the November 30 massacre that saw four students shot dead, allegedly by a 15-year-old sophomore.
At Tuesday’s school board meeting, the first since the mass shooting that shocked the entire region and brought national attention to Oxford, the district announced that the school’s reopening would come later than planned.
The meeting came hours after the alleged manslaughter’s parents appeared in court, accused of negligence in providing the handgun to their son, Ethan Crumbley, who was in court on Monday, charged as an adult on four counts of first- degree murder plus terrorism causing death.
Also on Tuesday, Oakland County, Michael Bouchard, implored parents to tell their children about the damage caused by threats made against buildings or school districts and the serious consequences if caught and charged. So far, more than 30 students from the area have been charged with uttering threats.
In the days and weeks following the Oxford High School shooting, school districts and buildings in Metro Detroit and even some across the state, including Mt. Pleasant, suffered disruption from students posting threats online or on social media or even on notes left in bathrooms.
A Waterford middle school saw two eighth-graders charged with uttering threats on separate days, leading to incarceration at the Oakland County Children’s Village and serious criminal charges.