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Oxford students return to classes

Oxford High School in Oxford, Mich., a small town about 30 miles north of Detroit.
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Oxford High School in Oxford, Mich., a small town about 30 miles north of Detroit.

Roughly a month-and-a-half after a murderous rampage at Oxford High School, students and staff are scheduled to return for in-person learning this week, but high school classes will not be held in the building where the horrific shooting occurred.

When 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley allegedly used a gun to kill four classmates and wound seven other people, he left a community traumatized and a high school in disarray.

The building is still being renovated, reportedly including repairs to more than 25 classrooms.

So high school students and staff begin a two-week hybrid schedule today, sharing space at Oxford’s middle school.

Officials did open athletic facilities at the high school.

But they say they’ll hold three open houses at the building, with families attending, before easing all of the almost 18-hundred students back into the site of the bloodshed.

School officials face a civil lawsuit accusing them of not doing enough to safeguard students the day of the shooting.

Quinn Klinefelter is a host and Senior News Editor for 101.9 WDET, anchoring midday newscasts and preparing reports for WDET, NPR and the BBC. Klinefelter joined WDET in 1998 after earning a M.A. from the nation’s top-ranked journalism school, the University of Missouri-Columbia, and working as a sports correspondent for BBC Radio 4 and as a talk show host, anchor and reporter for Wisconsin Public Radio.