The announcement comes after Le notizie di Detroit reported that Dean of Students Nicholas Ejak and school counselor Shawn Hopkins — both of whom are named in Johnson’s lawsuit against Oxford Community School District (OCSD) members — were placed on non-disciplinary administrative leave a week after the shooting.
“Oxford Community Schools has yet again covered up its role in the Oxford High School mass shooting tragedy. Oggi, we have found out for the first time, that two of its high school employees, Nicholas Ejak and Shawn Hopkins, both of whom are named in our civil lawsuit, were immediately placed on paid ‘administrative leave’ for more than one month following the shooting,” Johnson said in a Thursday statement.
He added that the “non-disciplinary” azione “is yet another example of the overwhelming evidence which proves the school district has no interest whatsoever in determining the mistakes it made that left four students dead, seven injured and hundreds traumatized.
Tim Mullins, attorney for the school district, said in a statement to Fox News Digital that Ejak and Hopkins “are still employed by the School District.”
“Following this summer’s break, Shawn Hopkins will be working at Oxford Bridges High School. Nick Ejak will be working at Oxford Crossroads Day School,” Mullins said.
Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald revealed in December that the school officials, including Ejak and Hopkins, met with the then-15-year-old school shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley and his parents to discuss violent drawings he created just hours before the deadly rampage. The suspect was able to convince them during the meeting that the concerning drawings were for a “video game.” His parents allegedly “flatly refused” to take their son home, McDonald said at the time.
Ejak and Hopkins apparently reviewed the drawings that one of Crumbley’s teachers sent directly to their phones after she saw them in class. That teacher also allegedly alerted Hopkins that Crumbley was looking up “violent videos” on his phone, one of Johnson’s lawsuits states.
sbriciolato “knew that he would be questioned, so he doctored the drawing and wrote, ‘Video game this is,’ ‘I love my life so much!!!!,’ ‘OHS rocks!,’ ‘We are all friends here,’ and ‘Harmless act,'” sostiene la causa.