MASA Executive Director Dr. Tina Kerr and MASA President Andrew Brodie, Superintendent, Flat Rock Community Schools today released the following statement:

“The tragedy the Oxford community is enduring is truly horrifying and heartbreaking. As educators, school leaders, and parents this is our worst nightmare – one that came true for this community. We extend our deepest condolences to the students, staff, families, and all of Oxford during this extremely difficult time.

This senseless loss of life and the trauma this community will forever endure is unacceptable. We commend the quick action of first responders – especially the school resource officer who was able to apprehend the suspect – and the Oxford staff who swung into action to protect students and fellow staff.

Violence of any kind has no place in our schools. Our halls and classrooms should be safe havens for our children. MASA remains committed to working with school districts, education groups, and state and federal policymakers to increase access to the mental and emotional supports our students and staff need, and to better address their physical safety in our schools. We call on our elected officials to address these pressing concerns. It shouldn’t take a tragedy such as this for action. Michigan’s children, educators, and families deserve better.”