Oxford parents react, "...we want answers..."
Parents of Oxford High School students reacted to this decision in a recent article on Local 4 News, Click-on-Detroit.
Some express the necessity to give parents of the victims and the Oxford, Michigan community-at-large closure as soon as possible without having to relive the details of this tragedy in what could possibly be a lengthy trial.
Many other parents and families express disappointment saying, “…we want answers about the decisions that were made before the shooting.”
In the face of ongoing civil action against the Oxford High School District, many feel that bypassing trial will further deprive them of the details they need as to what all went wrong that day.
Parents have already accused school officials of ‘lack of transparency’ in recent district meetings after being denied an investigation into the actions of school personnel on the day of the shooting and many still harbor concerns about their children’s safety in school.
PROSECUTION'S TIMELINE OF EVENTS LEADING UP TO THE
OXFORD HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING
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Parents struggle with transparency in the Crumbley case
The ‘facts’ of the case is the issue to parents who are looking forward to the trial.
Many believe that the entire community of Oxford has been victimized by this crime and have a right to full disclosure, not just those who were injured or died and their families.
The fear is that critical information will be sealed and lost forever.
In a recent defense motion in the James and Jennifer Crumbley case, parents of Ethan Crumbley, Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Cheryl Matthews partially ruled in favor of the prosecution.
Defense attorneys for James and Jennifer Crumbley motioned the court in an attempt to Limit and Restrict Prosecution Statements to the public.
The motion was filed as a result of the Oakland County prosecutor’s office who sends out regular case updates to Oxford residents, indiscriminately in the opinion of the defense.
But in the judge’s opinion, there are more victims than the four children who died but urged the prosecution to exercise discretion in making details of the case available to the public.
The Crumbley Case highlights public health crisis in Michigan
The Ethan Crumbley case brings to the fore many issues surrounding mental health, juvenile justice, gun violence and gun safety laws.
There are currently no gun safety storage laws in Michigan.
Gun retailers, however, are required to sell a gun storage box with safety lock for each gun purchase.
In December 2021, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel advocated for Child Access Prevention Laws (better known as CAP Laws) following the Oxford High School shooting which would simply require firearm owners to store their guns safely and securely out of the access of children.
Although more than 50 bills for safe gun storage have been proposed, all have failed to pass in the Michigan State legislator.
In the Up North Live article, AG Nessel is quoted as stating the problem lies with Michigan legislators who have been paid off by the NRA and gun lobbyists to tank these bills, namely House Bill 5066 introduced in June 2021 which has been stuck in committees despite overwhelming support by Michigan residents.
Visit the Song Strong webpage to map information on gun safety laws by state.
Ethan’s Law: Gun Storage Laws State Map
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