DETROIT — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has offered her department’s services to conduct an independent investigation into how Oxford High School officials handled the days of the mass shootings at the school.in which four died and seven were injured,
In two tweets on Sunday morning, Nessel responded to Oxford Superintendent Tim Throne’s Saturday announcement that the district would hire an outside investigator to oversee its operations., who said that Called for third party investigation Because parents have raised questions about “the school’s version of events” in relation to Tuesday’s shooting.
“We have reached out to the Oxford Community School District attorney and offered the services of the Michigan Department of Attorney General to conduct a full and comprehensive review of the 11/30/21 shooting and prior events,” Nessel told Detroit. said while responding to a tweet about the Free Press story.
Nessel said: “Our lawyers and special agents are uniquely qualified to conduct an investigation of this magnitude and are prepared to conduct a comprehensive investigation and investigation to answer the community’s many questions about this tragedy.”
Nessel told the Free Press, part of the USA Today Network, that she has been in contact throughout the week with Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald, who, Nessel, “has made it clear that a comprehensive school investigation[needs]been done.”
McDonald’s gave a litany of red flags On Friday, about 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley charged in the shooting, which included a cellphone search for gun ammunition seen by a teacher the day before the incident and a note found on the suspect’s desk hours before the shooting that depicted a bullet. were shown. The words “blood everywhere” come to a man who appears to have been shot.
Nessels that office is in the best position to review, that Said, because it consists of both civil and criminal lawyers and investigators. This means that the AG can see not only whether any criminal laws were broken, but whether there were civil violations. His office also has experience looking into policies and procedures to ensure that all are followed and that they are the best plans.
The investigation should really be conducted by an independent agency, not a private law firm hired by the district, Nessel said, because a private law firm is often more about “protecting its client.” In this case, that would be the school district.
“We want to answer all the questions parents have about this,” Nessel said. It involves trying to ascertain the facts of the situation.
“There’s a lot of information out there,” Nessel said. “I don’t know at this point what is true or what is not true.”
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Nessel’s office sent the school district attorney an email on Saturday offering the services. She said that as of Sunday afternoon, she had not heard back, but was not upset about it.
“They should sit down and talk about it,” she said.
On Saturday, Throne sent a letter to parents about the school district’s action for Tuesday’s shooting.
He wrote that the Oxford High School counselor did not believe the 15-year-old, charged with killing four classmates and injuring seven others, was at risk of harming others. He also wrote that Crumbley, who will be charged as an adult Along with murder, terrorism and other crimes, he appeared calm in an office meeting with his parents on Tuesday morning, claiming that a graphic picture depicting blood and a bullet was a part of a video game idea. which he was designing.
The letter also resolved to conduct an independent inquiry. It comes after many parents and community members questioned whether school officials could have intervened in Crumble’s behavior more aggressively.
“Our community and our families deserve a full, transparent account of what happened,” Throne wrote. “We also plan to regularly update our families and community.”
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