Teachers Describe Responses to Harrowing Attack: ‘This will not be what defines Oxford’

By Brenda Ortega, MEA Voice Editor Michigan Education Association MEA member Jake Trotter says he’s the type of person who likes having structure to his days teaching mostly upper-level world history classes and the second-year history course in the Diploma Programme (DP) at Oxford High School, an International Baccalaureate (IB) School. Trotter’s sense of order […]

Trauma Expert Leads Recovery in Oxford

By Brenda Ortega, MEA Voice Editor Michigan Education Association The words are displayed everywhere in the Oxford community, waving in makeshift yard signs, scrolling on digital displays along major thoroughfares, written on signs lining windows and  sidewalks downtown: Oxford Strong. But what does it mean? Dr. Jim Henry, a nationally recognized expert on the effects of trauma, […]

Above and Beyond: Musicians show support

School bands, orchestras and choirs around the country recorded performances of the Oxford fight song as a show of support after the tragedy. More than 80 videos were posted in the span of two weeks during December that showed bands, orchestras and choirs from Michigan to New York, North Carolina, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and more performing […]

Exploring a Spectrum of Solutions 

In the wake of the deadly shooting at Oxford High School, Republican leaders in the state House have formed a bipartisan committee to explore ways to improve school safety. The panel will look at how to improve safety protocols at schools and to assess and improve student mental health.  Meanwhile, Democrats have introduced several bills […]

Statement from Oxford Education Association president

The following statement can be attributed to Jim Gibbons, local president of the Oxford Education Association: “As some schools in our community reopen today, I want to express our sincere thanks for the massive outreach of support for Oxford’s students, parents, educators, administrators and the community at large. We are changed forever by the events […]

Labor Voices: Oxford tragedy compounds breaking point for educators, students

For students and educators alike, we’re at a breaking point. That was already clear from conversations I’ve had across Michigan these past few months. Now, add last Tuesday’s tragic shooting at Oakland County’s Oxford High School and its immense weight to that already heavy load. In Oxford, we lost four young people to senseless violence. […]