Victims' Families Say Security Guard Thought School Shooting Was A Drill With 'Really Good Make Up'

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Victims' Families Say Security Guard Thought School Shooting Was A Drill With 'Really Good Make Up'

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The families of the Oxford School shooting victims have alleged that a security guard thought the shooting was merely a drill.

Ethan Crumbley who was 15 at the time has been charged with killing four students at his Michigan high school on 30 November 2021.

Tate Myre, 16, Hana St. Juliana, 14, Madisyn Baldwin, 17, and Justin Shilling, 17, were all killed.

Six other students and a teacher were also wounded.

The gun used in the shooting was given to Ethan Crumbley as an early Christmas present, prosecutors have said.

Ethan Crumbley who was 15 at the time has been charged with killing four students at his Michigan high school on 30 November 2021. Credit: Alamy
Ethan Crumbley who was 15 at the time has been charged with killing four students at his Michigan high school on 30 November 2021. Credit: Alamy

However, since the incident occurred, the school district have been facing multiple lawsuits from the students' families.

On Wednesday (August 4), the victims' families and their lawyer, Ven Johnson, have accused Kimberly Potts, a retired law enforcement official who was employed by Oxford Community Schools as an armed security officer at the time, of walking away from a student who was shot in the bathroom and subsequently died the following day.

The court filing alleges: "Defendant Potts saw Tate Myre lying on the hallway floor bleeding to death and told the investigators that she believed it was still a drill and that Tate used 'really good makeup'.

"Defendants Potts’ informed the investigators that she eventually figured out as she was walking the hallways that this was not a drill, pulled out her firearm and for some 'unknown reason', went directly to the bathroom where Justin Shilling, Keegan Gregory, and Ethan Crumbley were present. 

"Allegedly, for some 'unknown reason', Defendant Potts opened the bathroom door, with gun drawn, and later told the investigators that she did not look inside or hear anything in the bathroom."

Tate Myre, 16, Hana St. Juliana, 14, Madisyn Baldwin, 17, and Justin Shilling, 17, were all killed. Credit: Alamy
Tate Myre, 16, Hana St. Juliana, 14, Madisyn Baldwin, 17, and Justin Shilling, 17, were all killed. Credit: Alamy

"Ms. Potts clearly had an opportunity to intervene and prevent Justin’s death," the filing added.

Craig Shilling, Justin Shilling's dad said: "I kind of feel like this is kind of like a poorly written movie or some kind of candid TV show.

"And I'm looking for cameras, but I don't find them.

"It's difficult to know that he could still be here if somebody did their job."

Lawyer Johnson said: "We keep finding out new things, like every day — because of the lack of transparency, in particular, of Oxford Community Schools.

"They should have told these folks and their constituents what happened.

"They've said nothing and they continue [to] say nothing."

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