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AG Nessel Response to Oxford School Board

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued the following statement in response to the Oxford Community School District Board of Education hiring an outside law firm to perform an independent investigation of the events that transpired on November 30, 2021: 

"We have seen this time and time again—outside firms hired by school boards will maintain attorney-client privilege with elected members and therefore the ability to stop short of full transparency. In my ongoing conversations with members of the Oxford community, it has remained clear that those impacted by this horrific tragedy want nothing more than a thorough investigation that can help identify ways to improve school safety for Oxford and all communities across our state. If the board members are truly listening to the community that elected them, they will commit to waiving any and all privilege at the outset."

Last month, Nessel sent a letter to the Board following a community conversation with families from Oxford, renewing her offer to perform an independent investigation. She responded to their decision declining her offer last week.