(12-2-21) Earlier this week a 15 year old student at Oxford (Michigan) High School committed a shooting spree during a school day that killed four fellow students and injured (some critical) seven more.
Two teachers recently reported concerning behavior from sophomore Ethan Crumbley (15) in the days just before the shooting. There were two meetings with him, including one with his parents just hours before the tragedy took place.
The Oakland County Sheriff’s office said it was unaware of these meetings or any concerning behavior by the suspected shooter until after the shooting.
Signs have been been identified that had impact on the shootings.
Authorities have found two videos on Crumbley’s cell phone (made the night before the shootings) where he talked about shooting and killing students at the high school.
Another piece of evidence investigators uncovered is a journal that was in Crumbley’s backpack that detailed his “desire to shoot up the school to include murdering students.”
Crumbley used a 9mm Sig Sauer SP2022 semiautomatic pistol, which was purchased by Crumbley’s father four days before the shooting.
When a school shooting happens it can be in any community or in any state.
Oxford HS student Zander Cumbey
“it sounds cliche, but you never think it can happen to you”
Law enforcement and first responders involvement is a key in situations like this when it does happen.
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey
The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office has sent Sgt Jay Wehrkamp to programs sponsored by the National Sheriff’s Association to be able to evaluate security needs of the schools. Of course, local police departments partner closely with the schools in their jurisdiction. We partner closely with Marion Local as we are their primary agency although we are available for all schools and police departments to assist. We have instituted several initiatives with Marion Local for their security. Police departments throughout the county have done similar initiatives. The Sheriff’s Office strives to build positive relationships with our young people and we continue to have DARE Officers teach in all school districts. Additionally we sponsor active shooter training for all Mercer County Law Enforcement Annually. Chief Laux from Ft Recovery PD is working with us on a rescue task force. The active shooter and rescue task force is something we pray we will never need, but we do train and prepare.
The Outlook asked local school administrators what they have done to help if the situation would happen in their system-
Dr. Ken Schmiesing, Celina City Schools Superintendent
We continue to work closely with the local agencies such as the Celina City Police Department, Mercer County Sheriff, Mercer County EMA and EMS, and we renew our School Safety Plans with their input on a regular basis. With our now having a School Resource Officer in our buildings, and the frequent visits from other Celina Police Officers and the Mercer County Sheriff personnel into our buildings, just so that they are a visible presence, including the DARE officers in several of our buildings, we feel that we are building more respectful students and that we continue to be prepared for emergency situations.
Mike Pohlman, Marion Local Superintendent
It can happen anywhere. We conduct multiple lockdown drills throughout the year to always be prepared.
Julie Gaerke, St. Henry Superintendent
As all districts are required to do, we have a safety plan and conduct safety drills several times a year in order to be prepared in case something like this happens.
What We Know…U.S. Secret Service Safe School Initiative Report
Attackers Talk About Their Plans
Prior to most incidents, the attacker told someone about his idea or plan.
Attackers Make Plans
Incidents of targeted violence at school are rarely impulsive.
There Is No Stereotype or Profile
There is no accurate or useful profile of “the school shooter.”
Attackers Had Easy Access to Guns
Most attackers had used guns previously and had access to guns.
Warning Signs Are Common
Most attackers engaged in some behavior prior to the incident that caused concern or indicated a need for help.