Oxford students file federal lawsuit demanding change to safety policies after deadly shooting

17 June, 2022
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Oxford students file federal lawsuit demanding change to safety policies after deadly shooting

A new federal lawsuit was filed Friday by 20 Oxford Community Schools students seeking a judge to order change before the start of the new school year in 10 weeks.

The lawsuit is unique as it is not seeking any money damages.

Examples of the changes the students want include the immediate:

  • Retraction of all statements made in the course of the district's "cover story" after the shooting.
  • Implementation of a fully transparent and independent third-party investigation of the actions and events leading up to the school shooting.
  • End to its practice of concealing and minimizing threats of violence and instead its engagement of full transparency regarding future threats of violence and safety concerns.
  • End to the practice of returning students to class when there is no 'disciplinary issue' even when the student poses a risk of harm to himself/herself or others.
  • Securing of proper training for administrators and staff regarding the restriction of students from returning to class if they are suicidal and/or pose a risk to self or others.
  • Securing of proper training for administrators and staff regarding legal searches of student belongings when that student poses a safety risk.
  • Securing of proper training for administrators and staff regarding risk and threat assessments, especially when students are suicidal.

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