Oakland County Mayor Michael Bouchard highlighted the matter viral video That surfaced in the wake of Tuesday’s shooting at Oxford High School, in which 15-year-old Ethan Curmbley opened fire, killing four students and wounding seven others.
The video, which has been uploaded to TikTok and has garnered millions of views across social media, shows students shielded in a classroom as they face confidence in a voice claiming to be law enforcement on the other side of a locked room door.
“Sheriff’s Office, get out safely,” the voice said from the hallway.
“We are not willing to take that risk now,” replied one of the students, unsure if the voice was the shooter’s voice.
Then the voice said, “Come to the door and see my badge, brother.”
The students decided that his use of the word “bro” was a “red flag,” assuming that a member of law enforcement would not use such informal language, when in fact, the opposite was true. The terror caused the students to run out of the window in fear.
During a press conference Wednesday, Bouchard addressed the “large amount of false information” circulating online about the suspect, his motives, the timeline of events that took place on Tuesday and those events that may have led to the rampage. According to Bouchard, the audio in the video belonged to an officer, who was using informal slang to try to calm the students.
“We have now been able to determine that he is not the suspect,” Bouchard said. “Most likely he was one of the interrogators in civilian clothes. He might have been talking to his ‘brothers’ in a conversational way to try to get them out of the crisis.”
He added, “Please, I remind everyone of the need to be careful of social media and what spreads. It is harmful to society. It is harmful to victims, and it spreads false and sad information.”
An update from the sheriff on this video:
The person who knocked on the door wasn’t the suspect, it was a plainclothes deputy using causal language to calm the situation. https://t.co/rXcI0dN5Wr
– Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) December 1, 2021
oh, My brother? Don’t you think high school students would associate the word “brother” with their peers having someone shoot, not the word for a police officer?
for every New York times, Oxford High School used a common active shooting exercise called ALICE, which stands for “alert, close, report, respond and evacuate.” School officials conducted rehearsals just weeks before the shooting.
According to ALICE training, those trapped must remain silent or create acoustic distractions to mislead the shooter’s target. Confronting a shooter should be your last resort.
School safety experts said 74, an educational news site, law enforcement should not attempt to enter a classroom under lockdown, particularly by trying to persuade students to casually open the door.
Mo Kennedy, executive director of the National Association of School Resource Officers, said the officer’s actions at Oxford are at odds with the shutdown scenario.
Kennedy said, “The doors are locked for a reason: Once you shut the door, you don’t move until the threat comes into the classroom or the authority official opens that door and everyone knows it’s clear.” 74. “The video showing students not wanting to open the classroom door indicates that this is a school that has properly trained on closures and trained students on what to do.”
Bouchard told reporters on Wednesday that ALICE’s training on Oxford students and staff likely saved lives, as there was evidence throughout the school that students had barricaded doors as the training advises.
Crombley, who was first named publicly yesterday by the Oakland County District Attorney’s Office, faces one count of terrorism causing death, four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to kill, and 12 counts of felony firearm possession.
Crumbly was initially housed in a juvenile detention facility but will be moved to the Oakland County Jail, an adult facility, where he will be placed in isolation. If convicted, he faces life imprisonment.
When Kermbley was arrested, officials said he was carrying 18 rounds of unused ammunition, Detroit Free Press reports.
Among the dead, Justin Schilling, 15, died of wounds sustained in the shooting around 10 a.m. Wednesday at Pontiac McLaren Oakland Hospital. Others have been identified as Tate Meyer, 16; Hana St. Julian, 14; Madison Baldwin 17.