MEA on the Oxford Tragedy

MEA on the Oxford Tragedy

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 of the past 11 days,…

Send a Message of Support to Oxford

Hundreds of MEA members have been directly affected by the tragic school shooting at Oxford High School, including those who work in the district and others who work in neighboring districts but live in Oxford and have children attending schools there. MEA has arranged for trauma-certified counselors to provide crisis counseling to those members in coming days to process the…

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. https://mobile.twitter.com/alabbazia In Oxford, we lost four young people to senseless violence. Several others were severely…

Resources for talking with students about school violence

In the wake of the Oxford school shooting last week, MEA members across the state are faced with difficult conversations with students and family members alike about violence in our schools. The National Education Association has resources to help. Based on advice from the National Association of School Psychologists, NEA has shared these key points for talking to your students about…

Standing United with Oxford’s Educators and Students

Dear MEA Family, I wanted to reach out to you today to offer my heartfelt thoughts and emotions in the wake of yesterday’s senseless tragedy in Oxford. Words can’t convey all that those of us in the education community are feeling with another school shooting shattering what should be a safe space. Yesterday, NEA President Becky Pringle and I issued…