Oxford School District Superintendent Tim Throne sent out a letter to parents and the community on Saturday, saying they had requested a third-party investigation into the alleged school shooter Ethan Crumbley’s interactions with students and staff before the massacre. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel responded to Throne’s request on Twitter and offered her department’s services to do an independent investigation of how Oxford High School officials handled the days leading up to the mass school.
We have reached out to the attorney for the Oxford Community School District and have offered the services of the Michigan Departmemt of Attorney General to conduct a full and comprehensive review of the 11/30/21 shooting and the events leading up to it. https://t.co/gLa4HLrbVa
— Dana Nessel (@dananessel) December 5, 2021
Nessel told NewsNationNow that “anything is possible” regarding potential criminal charges for the school officials aware of Ethan Crumbley’s problematic behavior before the shooting last week that left four students dead and injured seven others.
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“I don’t want to jump to any conclusions because again, we don’t have that information at this point,” Nessel said during an interview with NewsNation’s Brian Entin. “But that is a big part of the investigation. People want to make sure that these questions are answered.”
“As soon as I saw they were seeking a third party to do an alleged independent review, I immediately contacted their attorney to say the department of attorney general here in Michigan will conduct that review,” Nessel continued. “And why that is so important is really a variety of issues. Firstly, as you have identified, is it really an independent review when it’s the district that has paid your bill and is hiring you in order to conduct the review.”
Before the shooting spree, a teacher found the disturbing note on the teenager’s desk and snapped a photo. It was a drawing of a gun pointing at the words, “The thoughts won’t stop. Help me,” and there was also was a drawing of a bullet with words above it: “Blood everywhere.” A drawing of a person who appeared to have been shot twice and is bleeding was included. “My life is useless” and “The world is dead” were also written.
In Throne’s letter, he said that the student’s parents never told the counselors about the gun purchase and that he was returned to class after his parents refused to take him home. James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of the alleged school shooter, have been charged with four counts each of involuntary manslaughter. Ethan Crumbley faces 24 different counts as an adult.
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