Shooting At Oxford High School Leaves 4 Dead, 7 Injured

Shooting At Oxford High School Leaves 4 Dead, 7 Injured

Reagan Farnsworth, Contributor

Gun violence in American schools is on the rise. In 2021 alone, there have been 29 school shootings, 21 of them occurred since August 1. The Coronavirus pandemic resulted in a dip in school shootings, because many schools were being held virtually. However, the surge of school shootings since the return to in-person school is devastating. 

On Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley opened fire at Oxford High School in Michigan. Merley 2 hours preceding the gunfire, the sophomore attended a meeting with his parents and high school officials to discuss his concerning behavior. Crumbley’s weapon was a 9mm pistol his father had purchased days beforehand. At 12:51 p.m. the suspect entered a bathroom with a backpack and emerged seconds later yielding the firearm. He began to open fire, the students recounted. The Students of Oxford High School had practiced active shooter drills multiple times and these drills saved many lives. The students barricaded themselves in their classrooms and some armed themselves with makeshift weapons. They were taught ALICE training: “Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate.” Over a hundred 911 calls were made in the wake of the gunfire and within 5 minutes of the first call Ethan Crumbley was taken into custody by Oakland County deputies. 

A video taken by a student was circulating social media of someone knocking on the door of the classroom, stating he was a part of the Sheriff’s office. The students that were barricaded in the classroom hesitated to open the door and when the man used the slang word ‘bro’ they assumed it was the shooter asn refused to open the door. The students escaped through a window shortly after. It was later determined that the unidentified man was a plainclothes detective, not the shooter. His use of slang was an attempt to familiarize himself with the students. 

The perpetrator killed 4 and injured 7. The ones killed were identified as 14-year-old Hana St. Juliana, 16-year-old Tate Myre, 17-year-old Madisyn Baldwin, and 17-year-old Justin Shilling. Later that Tuesday the first three were confirmed dead, while Shilling died early Wednesday morning. 

After Crumbley was taken into custody, he exercised his right to remain silent and both he and his parents decided to hire an attorney. While a prayer vigil was held that night at Lakepoint Community Church in Oxford, a search warrant was approved for Crumbley’s home. They seized his phone as well as other evidence in this case. Around 10 p.m. that night Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard held the first briefing. He provided information about the shooting, the current condition of the injured, and his condolences to the communities and the family members who lost a loved one.  

The following day was busy with updates of the case. Surveillance footage from the time of the shooting. The perpetrators are facing 24 charges according to the Oakland County Prosecutor, Karen Mcdonald. The charges including 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 commision of a felony. Ethan Crumbley  will be tried as an adult and has been denied bond and is being held at Oakland County Jail. 

This is an ongoing case.