Oxford Community Schools Board of Education Independent Investigation

Updated: September 12, 2022

Guidepost Solutions has been hired to conduct an independent investigation into the events surrounding the tragedy of November 30, 2021, at Oxford High School.  As we diligently pursue this investigation, we have spoken to community members, students, Oxford High School staff and administrators, teachers, and family members.  These sessions have been invaluable. It is important that we continue to speak to anyone who wishes to share relevant information.

Should you schedule an interview? If you have information regarding the handling of the tragic events, or those events leading up to or after November 30, please schedule a time to speak with the Guidepost team.

When: On October 12, October 13, and October 14.

Where: Interviews will be held at two locations. Please choose the location and date that is most convenient or comfortable for you by selecting the link of your preferred location.

Springhill Suites Auburn Hills, 4919 Interpark Dr, Orion Twp – first floor conference room

Oxford Public Library, 530 Pontiac St, Oxford – private conference room

  • October 12 – SpringHill Suites Auburn Hills
  • October 13 – SpringHill Suites Auburn Hills or Oxford Public Library
  • October 14 – Springhill Suites Auburn Hills

Who: A dedicated team of trauma-informed Guidepost professionals.

If you would like to schedule an interview with the Guidepost team, please click here to register at the Springhill Suites Auburn Hills or here to register at the Oxford Public Library, for an interview time slot.  At Guidepost, we know that every report is important, and we are working carefully to ensure that all information is handled appropriately as we work to prepare our public report.

Parents are welcome to attend interviews with their Oxford High School children.

If you are unable to find a suitable time slot or would like to schedule a virtual interview, please reach out to Morgan Maiorino at mmaiorino@guidepostolutions.com.

Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to meeting with you. If you have any questions about the interview itself or the process, please do not hesitate to contact Laura Rogers at lrogers@guidepostsolutions.com or 202-603-1586.

 

 


Posted July 28, 2022

The Oxford Community Schools Board of Education has commissioned an independent investigation into the events leading up to, on the day of, and following the tragic shooting at Oxford High School on November 30, 2021.

A dedicated website was created for the latest updates on the investigation and can be viewed here.

CONTACT US:

The independent investigation is underway. To maintain the independence and integrity of the investigation, neither the board nor the district administration is engaged in the investigation. Please direct all questions about the investigation to the investigative team.

If you have relevant information to share or if you would like to communicate with someone on the investigative team, please contact us at Oxford@guidepostsolutions.com.

SCOPE OF INVESTIGATION

Review & Evaluation

Investigation team members have familiarized themselves with the Oxford Community Schools District, including its administration, the five primary schools, one middle school, one high school, two alternative schools, and the early learning school.

The team is now engaging in an extensive review and evaluation of the following. As the investigation proceeds, the team may identify additional areas for review and evaluation.

  1. School policies, procedures and practices in place at the time of the shooting.

The team is reviewing relevant school policies, procedures and practices in place at the time of the shooting and evaluating whether they satisfy laws, regulations and best practices. Some of the areas under review include:

          • School physical security
          • School resource officers
          • School training/drills
          • School emergency communications
          • Measures to identify, assess and address student behavior indicating a potential propensity toward school violence
          • Social media monitoring
          • External engagement with student families, child protection services, social services, law enforcement, etc.
          • Searching students, student lockers and student bags
          • School and school district practice with any previous incidents or threats of violence
          • Student behavioral/mental health resources
  1. Review the shooter’s history and evaluate what school officials knew about the shooter before the shooting.
  2. Evaluate whether school staff followed training and whether their actions satisfied applicable laws, regulations, and best practices in response to the shooter’s behavior before the shooting.
  3. Review actions and evaluate whether school staff, school resource officers, and students followed school active shooter policies, procedures, and training during the shooting.
  4. Review and assess school security measures and the school emergency communications system during the shooting.
  5. Review and assess the support the school and school district provided to students, staff and families following the shooting.
  6. Post-shooting security review and assessment, including an evaluation of security improvements and adoption of best practices.

Recommendations & Report

Over the course of the investigation, the team will make recommendations to the school district if and when they identify areas for immediate action.

At the conclusion of the investigation, the team will provide the Oxford Community Schools Board of Directors and district administration with a comprehensive report of its findings and its full set of recommendations based on those findings.

The full report will be made public simultaneous with delivery to the board and district administration.

NOTES ON GUIDEPOST’S GUIDING PRINCIPLES AND METHODOLOGY

Throughout this investigation, the Guidepost process will be governed by best practices designed to ensure accountability, transparency, and care for the wellbeing of victims of the shooting, including students, teachers, staff, families and community members.

Key principles of our work will include:

          • Trauma-informed witness interviews, where appropriate
          • Anonymity and confidentiality for witnesses, where permitted by law
          • A dedicated, publicly accessible 24/7 reporting system for witnesses to contact Guidepost and provide information: Oxford@guidepostsolutions.com
          • Periodic updates will be posted on a dedicated website currently under development
          • Structural audit and practical recommendations that are trauma-informed and based on best practices for educational institutions and standards and guidelines
          • Our commitment to provide the Oxford Community Schools Board with a comprehensive framework to implement safety and security program reforms in a fully transparent manner

At the conclusion of the investigation and accompanying security review, Guidepost will develop a complete set of findings and a comprehensive recommended framework within which the Oxford Community Schools can operate in order to continue to address the concerns raised by the Oxford community in a transparent and accountable manner that prioritizes care and enhances practices for prevention.

We will share the report with the community at the same time it is shared with the Board and school administration.

Guidepost will ensure that Oxford Community Schools develops a process that provides for historical accountability, healing for all stakeholders with an emphasis on victims and their families, and future supervision, monitoring, auditing and implementation of a safety and security program built on best practices and guided by security standards and guidelines.

If potentially illegal or unethical conduct is reported to Guidepost, Guidepost may conduct its own investigation or refer the matter to the appropriate authorities. Certain allegations, if reported to Guidepost, may trigger a mandatory reporting obligation to the appropriate authorities.

Further, in order to promote complete transparency and to ensure accountability, Guidepost will document whether any person or entity has withheld access to information, documents, records, facilities and/or employees, officers, agents, or others, or has otherwise obstructed or attempted to obstruct our investigation.