District Breached Threat Assessment Procedure: Two former members of the school board in Oxford, Michigan, has claimed that the district failed to apply its threat assessment playbook, which, according to them, may have avoided the mass shooting that took place at Oxford High School in 2017.
Procedure for Assessing District-Wide Breaches
Two resigned Oxford, Michigan, school board members allege the district failed to apply its threat assessment playbook, which could’ve stopped last year’s Oxford High School massacre. “This board has been informed over and again that the school had all the procedures in place and that our staff did everything correctly,” former school board treasurer Korey Bailey said, but that’s not accurate.
The whistleblowers’ Monday press conference occurred two days before the first anniversary of the Nov. 30, 2021, student shooting that killed four and wounded many. Bailey found a Homeland Security process in the danger assessment policies and standards in August, according to former school board president Tom Donnelly.
“It altered everything,” Donnelly remarked. Bailey stated at the news conference that the school violence playbook “clearly describes every phase” of recognizing and preventing threats. He stated the playbook was modified in June 2021, months before the shooting. Donnelly said trained counselors, resource officers, and other personnel gather “markers” to prevent an incident. Donnelly claimed “markers” include attendance, grades, and violence.
“The text specifies that the bar for putting a team together [to investigate] should be low,” Donnelly added. “The team determines risk,” Donnelly said the district didn’t implement the playbook as intended in the months before the tragedy. “Despite having the policies and standards since 2011, we’ve never implemented them as envisioned.”
Bailey said Secure Education Consultants “praised our staff” for implementing thorough security processes. Bailey disagreed “just examined whether we had policies. We never mentioned implementing or training employees to apply these policies.”
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“Our alternatives were obvious that we could either… go along and be silent, or we could go forward and be a voice for change,” Bailey said. “Silence was dishonest.” Prosecutors say a teacher spotted 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley studying ammo in class days before the 2021 shooting. School authorities alerted his parents, but they didn’t reply. “lol, I’m not furious at you, you have to learn not to be caught,” his mother texted, according to prosecutors.
“If the school properly trained in threat assessment, the scenario would’ve ended,” Bailey added. Prosecutors say a teacher discovered a letter on Crumbley’s desk hours before the shooting “a semi-automatic weapon aiming at “The thoughts won’t stop, assist me” ‘Blood everywhere’ was written above a bullet illustration in another area of the paper.”
Crumbley’s parents were summoned to the school over the incident and stated they’d get him therapy, but they didn’t take him home. Last month, Crumbley admitted all counts, including terrorism and murder. Jennifer and James Crumbley were charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter for making the pistol available and failing to identify warning flags about their son before the incident. They deny culpability.
Secure Education Consultants said ABC News it “conducted a safety and security evaluation” at the school district’s request following the incident.
“Our mission was not to evaluate the incident but to assess the district’s facilities, technology, policies, procedures, and training protocols through the lens of analyzing and increasing security,” the statement added. “We advised the district to invest in detection and alarm equipment, communications, and security presence as part of our review. We advised and trained district employees.”