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Hopkins High School in Michigan has suspended an unnamed teacher for allegedly discussing with students in multiple classrooms how the Oxford High School shooter should have created a distraction “to kill the people that he would need to.”
The teacher was placed on leave Friday after rumors circulated that he was “going to shoot up the school,” WZZM13 reported. The teacher’s comments reportedly referenced physical violence and weapons.
Superintendent Gary Wood confirmed that the teacher had been suspended but would not comment on precisely what the educator was accused of saying. He said that students reported the teacher’s comments to Hopkins High School’s principal, Ken Szczepanski. The teacher allegedly made the statements a day after 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley fatally shot four students and injured several others at Oxford High School.
“Students were subjected to insensitive comments regarding violence and other concerning statements,” Wood stated in a letter that was sent home to parents, according to MLive.com. “These comments took place in multiple class periods by a single teacher.”
One parent told WWMT that the teacher had allegedly recounted to students how he would have conducted the Oxford shooting differently.
“The things that he said, how he would’ve committed the act differently with detail, is extremely scary,” the parent emotionally noted.
The anonymous parent claimed that the teacher told her child that he “would’ve pulled a smoke detector, so that he could create a distraction, in order to carry out his hit list and kill the people that he would need to.”
“It was gut-wrenching devastation that a grown adult would mentally harm our children this way,” the parent angrily commented to the news outlet and asserted that the teacher should be fired for the comments made to students.
“Zero tolerance, zero tolerance, absolutely not should he be back in school or teaching anywhere, ever,” the parent told WWMT.
Teachers had been given memos instructing them on how to address the subject when speaking with students concerning the deadly Oxford High School shooting, according to Szczepanski.
The principal said the comments by the suspended teacher were “insensitive” and “off-script” from the planned conversations. He also stunningly remarked that the situation was “contained.”
“We would not have been in school today had we not felt that it was a safe environment for these students,” Szczepanski declared.
The police were notified of the incident. Michigan State Police are now looking into the matter, according to WZZM13.
In the aftermath of the deadly shooting, at least 100 copycat threats surfaced according to law enforcement. Schools are still on alert for potential incidents.
There was outrage over the teacher’s comments on social media:
Unidentified teacher suspended from Hopkins High School in MI for telling kids about the distraction Ethan Crumbley, the Oxford High School shooter, should have created "to kill the people that he would need to," referencing physical violence & weapons.
Should have been FIRED.
— @297_Aruba_Lover (@297_ArubaLover) December 5, 2021
All too believable.
— Charlie the Watcher (@CharlesWatcher) December 5, 2021
😡😤 Who the H*LL is he referring to?… unacceptable that the taking of human life is something ‘normal’ & trivialized within certain groups #FFS
— El Hombre Sonriendo (Jack) (@jpogolds) December 5, 2021
that’s one crazy teacher. why would anyone want to tell others how he would have done it
— NJShore (@NJShore) December 5, 2021
Heinous. No words.
— Anti-SS Boosted and Ready to Party! (@Anti_SS_69) December 5, 2021
“That he would’ve pulled a smoke detector, so that he could create a distraction, in order to carry out his hitlist and kill the people that he would need to,” said the parent.
“Kill the people that he would NEED to”. 😳🤬🤬🤬
— Syl 🍁☕️ (@2GrnYze) December 5, 2021
I am speechless! What in the hell was this “teacher” thinking?!
— DionyDaHell32 (@DHell32) December 6, 2021
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