Students plan a vigil related to Oxford High tragedy

Dearborn high school students are planning a vigil on Thursday, Dec. 9, to remember the tragedy that unfolded on Nov. 30 in Oxford, Michigan.  The public is invited to attend.

The vigil will be held at 6 p.m. in the east parking lot of the Dearborn Police Station, 16099 Michigan Ave., Dearborn. The outdoor event will occur rain or shine, so those attending should dress appropriately for the weather.

Students on the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council planned the event, with the district’s support. The 26-member SSAC includes students representing all of the high schools and high school programs in Dearborn Public Schools.  Students, elected officials and others are expected to speak at the vigil.  The event will focus on the shooting on Nov. 30 at Oxford High School that left four students dead and seven other people injured.

The Dearborn students are also organizing a fundraiser to benefit Oxford High and those families impacted by the shooting.  Beginning Tuesday, students will be selling wristbands for $1 each at the four main high school campuses – Dearborn High, Fordson, Edsel Ford and Henry Ford Early College.  If wristbands are still available, they will also be sold at the vigil. 

“We as students feel that it is critical for our peers to see that we’re there for them,” said Karim Kadouh, a 12th grade student at Dearborn High who is helping organize the vigil.  “We have reached a point where we all know someone who has personally been affected by tragedies like the one that happened at Oxford. It’s important that we spotlight the issue and stand with our brothers and sisters who have been victims of attacks.”

Those interested in donating to assist the Oxford School community can contribute to a fund at Oxford Bank in persononline or by mailing a check to Oxford Bank, PO Box 17, Oxford, MI 48371.

Donations also can be emailed to Genisys Credit Union at OxfordStrong@genisyscu.org.

To make a donation directly to the school district, contact Courtney.makowski@oxfordschools.org.