MEA on the Oxford Tragedy

MEA on the Oxford Tragedy

Students Organize Marches Across U.S.: ‘Enough is enough – we demand change’ 

By Brenda Ortega, MEA Voice Editor Michigan Education Association MEA member Leah Ramirez is sick and tired. Elizabeth Renato and Leah Ramirez Sick of conducting practice lock downs to prepare against potential violence with her kindergarten students in Northview Public Schools in Grand Rapids. Tired of trying to reassure them they are safe despite the grim reason behind the drills.…

Educators praise Whitmer’s signing of Oxford schools relief bill

EAST LANSING — The Michigan Education Association and local educators Friday praised Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for signing legislation that provides much-needed financial relief to Oxford Community Schools in the aftermath of last fall’s tragic shooting at Oxford High School. House Bill 6012 provides Oxford with $9.8 million to help the district recover from the Nov. 30 attack, which claimed the…

MEA calls for immediate state House action on Oxford relief legislation

EAST LANSING — The Michigan Education Association is calling on the state House to immediately take action on legislation providing bureaucratic relief to students and educators affected by last fall’s Oxford school shooting. The state Senate on March 24 unanimously approved Senate Bills 940 and 941, sponsored by Sen. Rosemary Bayer, D-Keego Harbor. These bills would provide relief from days…

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. Jake Trotter Trotter’s sense of order was shattered on…

After Oxford: ‘Normal is not a thing right now’

By Brenda Ortega, MEA Voice Editor Michigan Education Association Memorial photos by C.J. Carnacchio It was late on Monday, January 10, the night before Oxford High School students and staff would come back together in a school setting for the first time since a horrific shooting six weeks earlier that killed four students and injured seven, including a teacher. Oxford Education…

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 Dr. Jim Henry, a nationally recognized expert on the effects of trauma, offers a…

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 the Oxford fight song after…

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  this session to reduce gun…

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