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School superintendent: No previous discipline warranted for Michigan shooting suspect

Mark Hicks, The Detroit News on

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DETROIT — Two days after the shooting rampage at Oxford High School, the district's superintendent maintained no discipline was in order leading up to the attack for a sophomore now accused of killing four schoolmates and wounding seven others.

Tim Throne addressed the circumstances in a YouTube video posted Thursday evening, noting there's been a lot of talk about the 15-year-old suspect, Ethan Crumbley, who had been called up to the office along with his parents just before the shooting.

"No discipline was warranted," Throne said near the end of the nearly 13-minute video. "There are no discipline records at the high school. Yes, this student did have contact with our front office, and yes, his parents were on campus Nov. 30. I will take any and all questions at a later time. But that’s not now."

Throne, in the video filmed in the performing arts center lobby of the high school, said he remained “in shock and numb” over the tragedy.

“We have parents who sent their kids to school two days ago, and they're never coming home,” he said.

But added: “These events that have occurred will not define us.”

 

Throne went on to say the Oakland County high school likely will remain closed for weeks. "This high school is like a wreck right now. Maybe the best way to describe it is it's like a war zone," he said.

He said he was unsure when the site would exactly reopen but had spoken with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who "told me that she will do everything in her power to open up the supply chains to get us the resources we need to begin to put this building back in order."

Throne added the process of returning students and returning items left behind during the attack on Tuesday would probably begin after the upcoming funerals for the students.

"Once we have a better idea of how long that's going to take to process that stuff, contact families, get it back to you, we’ll communicate that plan as quickly as possible and let you know what that's going to look like," Throne said. "But I think it's probably pretty safe to say don't plan on that in the next couple of days. It's going to take us a little bit yet to work through all of that."

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