FOX 2 - Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is extending her office's offer to investigate the Oxford High School shooting for a second time.
She made the proposal in a letter to the school board Tuesday, saying:
"To put it plainly, the families you serve want transparency and – as board members – you have an obligation to provide it."
The letter comes after Nessel held a community conversation with Oxford families Monday. She says the overwhelming concern they shared was a deep desire to learn more about what happened.
"I’d like to know what failed in their safety plan that led up to November 30th," said Jeff Jones. "That’s where I would like the investigation ... what in the safety plan that is in place for the school, what failed along there?"
Jones has a student at Oxford High School and another who will start attending in two years. He wants the board to take Nessel up on her offer.
"They’ve dodged every way they can to avoid the investigation, the one coming from AG Nessel or the investigation that we’ve asked for," Jones said. "And they promised it to us in the very beginning. They’re the ones who brought it up and promised to have an investigation to find out where the flaws in the plan were.
"And then I believe they found out where the flaws in the plan were and they’ve just swept it under the rug. And now they deny it, and blow it off, and they say they couldn’t do it because of the court cases that are ensuing."
Nessel says the investigation would not interfere with the ongoing criminal proceedings of the suspected shooter and his parents and her office would cover the cost of the investigation.
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Jones says if the board continues to buck transparency, they will find trouble at the ballot box.
"At this point if they refuse, then together as parents we’re going to have to figure out other ways to get the policies changed," Jones said. "I think at this point we would have to consider any options if it means the safety for our kids, and if it's just voting all of them out and getting new people in, people with common sense, then so be it."
FOX 2 reached out to every single board member for comment about Nessel’s offer and families wanting more transparency. There has been no response.
Nessel’s latest offer comes with a deadline - she’s asking the board to respond to it by May 20th.
OXFORD, MICHIGAN - DECEMBER 03: A memorial outside of Oxford High School continues to grow on December 03 2021 in Oxford, Michigan. Four students were killed and seven others injured on November 30, when student Ethan Crumbley allegedly opened fire w