• Amaya Wiseman

Oxford High School Shooting Leaves 4 Dead and 7 Injured

“We grabbed calculators, we grabbed scissors just in case the shooter got in and we had to attack them,” said Oxford High School student Aiden Page. On Tuesday, November 30th, 2021 Oxford High School, located in Oxford, Michigan, was hit with a tragedy that no one can explain and took the innocent lives of four students, while also injuring six other students and one teacher.

At 12:51 pm, 911 dispatchers were notified of an active shooter in Oxford High School. Records show that dispatchers received over 100 emergency calls from students. Not even three hours earlier the shooter and his parents were called to the school for a meeting with staff. Teachers said that the shooter exhibited “concerning behavior” days and even hours up to the attack. There was no search through his bag and school personnel allowed him to return to class. Three hours later, the shooter emerged from a school bathroom with the gun in his hand. For about four to five minutes he walked the halls shooting anyone unable to get to safety. At 12:57 pm the shooter was apprehended by the authorities.

The shooter was charged as an adult with over a dozen crimes that could send him to jail for life. Those charges include one count of terrorism causing death, four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to murder, and 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. The terrorism charge was related to not only the impact it had on the students killed and injured but also the students who had to experience this horrific event. As Prosecutor Karan McDonald said "What about all the children who ran screaming, hiding under desks? What about all the children at home who can't eat and can't sleep and can't imagine a world where they could ever step foot back in that school?" The shooter’s parents may also be charged with involuntary manslaughter.

The Oxford shooting was the deadliest school shooting since the shooting in Santa Fe, Texas in 2018. The Oxford community will never forget the four whose lives were cruelly taken, Madisyn Baldwin, 17, Justin Shilling, 17, Tate Myre, 16, and Hana St. Juliana, 14. Memorials and funerals have been scheduled to honor and remember the victims.

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