Clear backpacks will be among those security necessary measures in January in the Oxford Community Schools in Michigan in response to a 30. nov school shooting who killed four students and left seven others wounded at Oxford High school.
The new policies came in an update announcement Thursday from School Superintendent Tim Throne.
“Safety, both physical and emotional, is at the top of our list,” he told students and parents in a video posted on YouTube.
The district will also add additional counselors, therapists, trauma specialists, private safety and therapy dogs when students return to classes Monday after their winter break.
“We want kids in school to have an extra source of calm and an extra source of comfort,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said of the therapy dogs, according to WXYZ-TV in Detroit.
Throne added that police were investigating a threat on social media from before the break.
“Unfortunately, many times with these threats on social media, we never get a clear answer,” Throne said. “But in any case, I would tell you that we have not forgotten.”
He thanked the community for their suggestions to move forward and asked people to continue sharing their ideas. He added that virtual town halls would be held the first week of January.
Student Ethan Crumbley allegedly opened fire on students at one point on Nov. 30 after coming out of a school toilet with a gun he had apparently tucked into his backpack.
His parents had been to school the morning before the shooting to discuss violent drawings that Crumbley’s teacher found. He was sent back to class hours before the shooting.
Crumbley faces first-degree murder and terrorism charges, and his parents face charges of involuntary manslaughter after they bought him a gun before the shooting and allegedly ignored warning signs he showed.