Early in their college career at Michigan State University, Ashley Thoms can recall a key moment that helped to shape a career path, albeit amid a stream of tears while conversing with an adviser.
“I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my future, I was freaking out,” Thoms recalled. “My adviser, she would make me feel so calm, happy and assured of myself and my future. I want to give people that feeling. I want people to be able to talk to me, to leave and feel like they have a plan, that they are capable of things.”
Last week’s horrific shooting incident at Oxford High School has left other Michigan school officials reeling — and reevaluating how to prevent such a tragedy from occurring in their own district.
The afternoon of last Tuesday, Nov. 30, a 15-year-old male allegedly went on a shooting spree inside his high school, killing four teenage students and injuring seven others, including a teacher. The alleged shooter used a handgun allegedly given to him as an early Christmas present by his parents, who have also been arrested and charged along with their son.