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Two Oxford school board members resign ahead of removal request

Jennifer Chambers, The Detroit News on

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DETROIT — Two Oxford school board members resigned Wednesday ahead of a request for their removal from parents of student killed in the 2021 gun attack at Oxford High School.

According to a statement from the board's president Erin Reis, board members Mary Hanser and Heather Shafer have resigned.

Parents of the four teens killed in attack had asked Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last month to remove both Hanser and Shafer, who remained on the board from three years ago, alleging they failed to put proper threat assessment procedures in place.

Hanser and Shafer were not immediately available for comment.

In a formal complaint filed with the governor's office, the parents alleged Shafer and Hanser failed to implement any recommendations that were made in a third-party investigative report released about two years after the shooting, among other accusations.

 

The parents invoked a Michigan law that gives the governor authority to remove a school board member "guilty of gross neglect of duty, corrupt conduct in office, or any other misfeasance or malfeasance in office."

The complaint was signed signed by Nicole Beausoleil, mother of 17-year-old Madisyn Baldwin; Buck Myre, father of 16-year-old Tate Myre; Jill Soave and Craig Shilling, parents of 17-year-old Justin Shilling; and Steve St. Juliana, father of 14-year-old Hana St. Juliana.

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