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Wolf Lake principal releases statement about school shooting in Michigan

APD responds with additional personnel on campus

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In its weekly newsletter, Wolf Lake Middle School Principal Cynthia Haupt (pictured below) released a statement about the school shootings at Oxford High School in Michigan last week that took the lives of four students.
 
"Our hearts and prayers are with the families of Oxford High School in Michigan," Haupt said. "The senseless shooting spree that killed four people is not only heartbreaking but unconscionable. 
Cynthia Haupt, Wolf Lake Middle School Principal: "We ask that you talk with your children about the importance of sharing information that could be considered threatening to our community with a responsible adult."
Cynthia Haupt, Wolf Lake Middle School Principal: "We ask that you talk with your children about the importance of sharing information that could be …
 
Please know that the safety of students and staff is my top priority. I would like to again applaud the student that came forward to report the potential verbal threat that was deemed not credible. I would also like to take a minute to thank our SRO and the Apopka Police Department who immediately responded with additional personnel to our campus. They are truly amazing! 
 
Most importantly, we are attempting to promote a culture where everyone has a responsibility to be vigilant and focused on safety. We ask that you talk with your children about the importance of sharing information that could be considered threatening to our community with a responsible adult."

On Tuesday,  Ethan Crumbley, a 15-year-old student at Oxford High School in Michigan, allegedly shot and killed four fellow students and injured more. On Wednesday, he was charged with four counts of murder and terrorism. Authorities also revealed additional details, including a meeting between troubled officials and his parents just a few hours before the bloodshed.

Earlier, Sheriff Mike Bouchard told reporters that Crumbley’s parents were called to the school Tuesday “for behavior in the classroom that was concerning.” The teen remained in school, and the shooting occurred a few hours later.

Over the weekend, James and Jennifer Crumbley, the alleged shooter's parents, were also each charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with their son's alleged actions.

According to the news outlet Education Week, there have been 28 school shootings resulting in injury or death so far in 2021, with 20 of them reported since August 1st. According to the website gunviolencearchive.org, there have been 654 mass shootings in the United States in 2021.

Editor's Note: Accounts from the Associated Press and CNN contributed to this report.

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