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Officials: Oxford didn't implement safety policy

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:ASSOCIATED PRESSOxford, Michigan - 28 November 20221. Tom Donnelly and Korey Bailey, who recently resigned as Oxford Community Schools board president and its treasurer, respectively, listen to a question at a news conference2. Donnelly listening to a questionANNOTATION: Two former board officials say a policy that could have prevented a mass shooting at a Michigan high school was approved but never implemented. ASSOCIATED PRESSOxford, Michigan - 28 November 20223. A person holding up a binder that includes a document designed to assist with school safetyANNOTATION: Tom Donnelly and Korey Bailey said Monday a threat assessment policy had been in place in the district since 2004 and was later updated. ASSOCIATED PRESSOxford, Michigan - 28 November 20224. Donnelly and Bailey listening5. SOUNDBITE (English) Tom Donnelly, Former Oxford Community Schools board president:++PARTIALLY COVERED++"When you don't want kids to die in a fire, you create processes and procedures and you make them -- fire in this hallway, fire in this hallway -- and you're making them go through training. Your people are going through training. Your staff and teachers are going through training, so that if it happens, you go. We never did that with this policy and guideline. We never, ever did it. And hence, when we needed to implement it, it wasn't there." 6. Bailey awaiting his turn to speakANNOTATION: Bailey says he learned about the policy in August and that it wasn't put into practice in Oxford school buildings prior to Nov. 30, 2021. ASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: Oxford, Michigan - 30 November 20217. Various of a candlelight vigil held at a church on the night of the Oxford High School shooting ANNOTATION: Wednesday will mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Oxford High School that left four students dead.ASSOCIATED PRESSOxford, Michigan - 28 November 20228. SOUNDBITE (English) Korey Bailey, Former Oxford Community Schools board treasurer:++PARTIALLY COVERED++"I believe that Oxford has a moral and ethical obligation to not only learn from their failures, but to use this tragedy as a loud voice to other districts that if you fail to implement Policy 8400 like Oxford, then your results will be the same as Oxford."ASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: Oxford, Michigan - 30 November 20219. Various of the vigilSTORYLINE:Two former school board officials say policies and procedures that could have prevented a mass shooting that left four students dead at a Michigan high school last year were approved earlier but never implemented. Tom Donnelly and Korey Bailey told reporters Monday that a threat assessment policy had been in place in the district since 2004 and was later updated. Bailey says he learned about the policy in August and that it never was put into practice in Oxford school buildings prior to Nov. 30, 2021. Wednesday will mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Oxford High School that also wounded six other students and a teacher.Prosecutors have said Ethan Crumbley used a semi-automatic handgun to open fire on other teenagers in the hallway at the school roughly 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Detroit. School officials have been criticized by the county sheriff and prosecutor for not alerting a school resource officer about their concerns with Crumbley and not searching the teen's backpack before allowing him to return to class about three hours before the shooting.The day before the shooting, a teacher saw Crumbley, then 15, looking at ammunition on his phone while in class. School officials left a voicemail informing his mother about it. On the morning of the shooting, Crumbley's parents were summoned to the school and confronted with his drawings, which included a handgun and the words: "The thoughts won't stop. Help me."Authorities said his parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, refused to take him home after the 13-minute meeting and were told to get him counseling.Widely accepted best practices for threat assessment have been adapted from Secret Service guidance developed in the years since the 1999 Columbine school massacre. The agency's National Threat Assessment Center recommends multidisciplinary teams of school administrators, security and mental health professionals be established to assess whether a student would be helped by counseling, should be reported to police, sent back to class or something in between.Donnelly likened it to measures that districts across the country use to prevent fire deaths in schools."When you don't want kids to die in a fire, you create processes and procedures ... and you're making them go through training," he said. "We never did that with this (threat assessment) policy and guideline," Donnelly said. "We never, ever did it. And hence, when we needed to implement it, it wasn't there."Oxford Community Schools Board of Education said Monday that a third-party review of events leading up to, during and after the shooting will help in understanding the facts."We ask the public to allow this important review process to take place so the facts can be brought to light in a clear, accurate, and impartial manner," current board president Dan D'Alessandro said in a release.Ethan Crumbley, now 16, pleaded guilty last month to terrorism and first-degree murder charges. Prosecutors have said they'll seek a life sentence with no chance for parole.Prosecutors also charged his parents with involuntary manslaughter, accusing them of failing to keep the gun used in the shooting secure at home and failing to reasonably care for their son when he showed signs of mental distress. 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