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Oxford school district lying about deadly mass shooting

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Saying they can’t keep quiet anymore, two former Oxford school board members plan to make public information that they allege shows the district is lying to victims’ families and the public about its role in the mass shooting that left four students dead and seven others injured.

Specifically, the whistleblowers allege that Oxford school officials have led the community to believe that they did everything right but a bad thing still happened, when the facts show that the officials could have prevented the tragedy.

Those facts, the former board members maintain, have been withheld from the public. And they can’t keep quiet anymore, they say, stressing they want to share information that they previously were told they could not disclose.

Oxford Strong signs decorate business windows in downtown Oxford as marchers carry signs and chant as they march in the March For Our Lives Oxford event on June 11, 2022.

‘They failed to take action to prevent it’

The whistleblowers are former school board President Tom Donnelly and Treasurer Korey Bailey — both of whom recently resigned out of frustration over the district’s handling of the shooting investigation.

“This has gone on long enough. I couldn’t take the Oxford stonewalling and lack of accountability any more,” Bailey said in a news release Sunday. “They never thought a school shooting would happen here and they failed to take action to prevent it.”