Michigan high school officials who met with shooter placed on leave for just a month 

Two Michigan school officials who did nothing after meeting with Oxford High shooter Ethan Crumbley on the day he killed four students and injured seven others are placed on leave

  • The employees – Dean of Students Nicholas Ejak and Counselor Shawn Hopkins – have both since left the school but will continue to work in the district 
  • An attorney leading the lawsuit, Ven Johnson, called these actions an attempt to cover up its responsibility in not stopping the shooting 
  • Ejak and Hopkins both met with then-15-year-old Ethan Crumbley and his parents to discuss the disturbing drawings he’d made just a few hours prior 
  • Crumbley allegedly convinced them that the drawings were for a video game and his parents refused to take him home, local prosecutors said 
  • The lawsuit against the district also claims that Ejak briefly had Crumbley’s backpack containing a handgun and 48 rounds of ammunition in his possession 

The dean of students and a counselor at Oxford High School in Michigan who were named in a lawsuit against the school district were put on administrative leave after the tragic shooting that left four students dead in November.

The employees – Dean of Students Nicholas Ejak and Counselor Shawn Hopkins – have both since left the school but will continue to work in the Oxford School District. 

An attorney leading the lawsuit, Ven Johnson, called these actions an attempt to cover up its responsibility in not stopping the shooting.  

‘Oxford Community Schools has yet again covered up its role in the Oxford High School mass shooting tragedy. Today, we have found out for the first time, that two of its high school employees, Nicholas Ejak and Shawn Hopkins, both of whom are named in our civil lawsuit, were immediately placed on paid ‘administrative leave’ for more than one month following the shooting,’ Johnson said in a statement.

The suspensions are ‘yet another example of the overwhelming evidence which proves the school district has no interest whatsoever in determining the mistakes it made that left four students dead, seven injured and hundreds traumatized,’ he added.

Counselor Shawn Hopkins (pictured) and the Oxford High School Dean of Students Nicholas Ejak were allegedly suspended in the wake of the brutal shooting at the school in November, but remain employed by the district, according to a lawsuit

Counselor Shawn Hopkins (pictured) and the Oxford High School Dean of Students Nicholas Ejak were allegedly suspended in the wake of the brutal shooting at the school in November, but remain employed by the district, according to a lawsuit

Ejak and Hopkins both met with then-15-year-old Ethan Crumbley and his parents to discuss the disturbing drawings he'd made just a few hours before he went on a killing spree, according to the county prosecutor

Ejak and Hopkins both met with then-15-year-old Ethan Crumbley and his parents to discuss the disturbing drawings he’d made just a few hours before he went on a killing spree, according to the county prosecutor

Crumbley killed four students and injured another seven on November 30 at Oxford High School

Crumbley killed four students and injured another seven on November 30 at Oxford High School

Ejak and Hopkins both met with then-15-year-old Ethan Crumbley and his parents to discuss the disturbing drawings he’d made just a few hours before he went on a killing spree, according to the county prosecutor.

Crumbley allegedly convinced them that the drawings were for a video game and his parents refused to take him home, Karen McDonald said in the wake of the shooting.

The lawsuit against the district also claims that Ejak had Crumbley’s backpack containing a handgun and 48 rounds of ammunition in his possession. 

A representative from the district told Fox News that Hopkins and Ejak are both being moved to a different school this fall but both ‘are still employed by the school district.’ 

The lawsuit, filed by Johnson in a civil court on behalf of six of the students and their families, alleges Crumbley’s parents, James and Jennifer, of negligence. School staff, including Ejak and Hopkins, are accused of the same. 

They say killer Ethan Crumbley exhibited ‘concerning behavior that indicated psychiatric distress, suicidal or homicidal tendencies and the possibility of child abuse and neglect’.

Crumbley was said to have been seen by a teacher to be looking at ammunition online and is alleged to have been seen by other students to have shell casings and live ammunition on the day before the shooting.

He also brought a severed bird’s head to the high school and placed it in the boy’s bathroom.

While this behavior was reported by students, school administrators including the principal and district administrators allegedly concealed the information from staff and parents, according to the filings.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer embraces Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter as the two leave flowers and pay their respects on Dec. 2, 2021 at Oxford High School in Oxford, Michigan. The school is now being sued by the families of the victims

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer embraces Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter as the two leave flowers and pay their respects on Dec. 2, 2021 at Oxford High School in Oxford, Michigan. The school is now being sued by the families of the victims

'Senior Speaker' Kylie Ossege, who was shot and wounded by Crumbley and is now suing the school, addresses the seniors at the Oxford High School graduation at Pine Knob Music Theater in Independence Township, Michigan, on May 19, 2022

‘Senior Speaker’ Kylie Ossege, who was shot and wounded by Crumbley and is now suing the school, addresses the seniors at the Oxford High School graduation at Pine Knob Music Theater in Independence Township, Michigan, on May 19, 2022

They say this inaction breached the constitutional rights of the children at school to be safe.

Tate Myre, 16, Madisyn Baldwin, 17, Hana St. Juliana, 14, and Justin Shilling, 17, died in the tragic shooting.

Kylie Ossege, 17, suffered a shoulder injury in the shooting but survived and is now suing the district and administrators of gross negligence and violation of the Michigan Child Protection Law.

Attorney Wolf Mueller said: ‘It is clear after reviewing documents and seeing testimony in the preliminary Exam of Crumbley’s parents, that the school administrators failed the students of Oxford High School.’

He added that the inaction of administrators made the tragedy ‘predictable and preventable’.

The lawsuit states that school administrators sent an email on November 12 after reviewing threats and said there was no ‘threat to our building nor our students’ and principal Wolf said that they were ‘merely exaggerated rumours’.

One teacher, Pam Parker Fine, is accused of violating the law by failing to contact child protective services in response to evidence that Crumbley was researching ammunition and that Crumbley’s parents did not take her call.

The law requires teachers to contact the high school’s liaison officer at the police when evidence of child neglect, child abuse and danger to others was presented.

The lawsuit says killer Ethan Crumbley exhibited 'concerning behavior that indicated psychiatric distress, suicidal or homicidal tendencies and the possibility of child abuse and neglect'

The lawsuit says killer Ethan Crumbley exhibited ‘concerning behavior that indicated psychiatric distress, suicidal or homicidal tendencies and the possibility of child abuse and neglect’

Jacqueline Kubina, a teacher who also found Crumbley looking up ammunition in class, is also accused of violating the same law.

After teacher’s allegedly found Crumbley’s drawings of people with gunshot wounds, the lawsuit alleges that Ejak, the dean of students, and Hopkins, a student counselor, failed to search his backpack despite having grounds to do so.

The drawings reportedly came with the inscription: ‘The thoughts won’t stop. Help me.’

The shooting occurred after a meeting between Ejak and Hopkins and the Crumbley family in which the shooter’s parents refused to take their child home and the lawsuit says the meeting ‘deliberately’ took place without a safety liaison officer present to search Crumbley’s person. 

The lawsuit called the defendants’ actions ‘reckless’ and put the lives of the victims ‘at substantial risk of serious and immediate harm’.

It further alleges that it was ‘foreseeable that [Crumbley] would carry out such acts of violence.

Ven Johnson, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said: ‘While this new lawsuit won’t remedy the pain and suffering these families have gone through, it will certainly hold the school district and its officials accountable for their role in not properly supervising and training teachers and counselors, who have an obligation to ensure students remain safe.’

‘With the alarming number of red flags and desperate cries for help that Ethan’s parents, teachers, counselors and administrators all somehow missed, this mass shooting absolutely could and should have been prevented.’

Ethan Crumbley, now 16, has been charged as an adult with four counts of first-degree murder for the November 2021 massacre of his fellow Oxford High students.

Justin Shilling died in the hospital

Tate Myre died at the school

 Justin Shilling and Tate Myre’s families have launched the lawsuit

Madisyn Baldwin, 17

Hana St Juliana, 14

Madisyn Baldwin, 17, (left) and Hana St Juliana, 14, (right) died in the shooting rampage at Oxford High School in suburban Detroit 

His parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, were charged with involuntary manslaughter after it emerged they had bought the gun for their troubled son, who spent hours researching mass shootings and pleaded with his parents for help before using the weapon at his school. The judge said they failed to exercise ‘ordinary care and diligence’ as parents.

Ethan will be called as a witness in his parents’ trial, it was revealed in late June. 

Last month, a judge refused to reduce their bail and insisted they were a flight risk. 

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