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Her sister was killed at Oxford High. She refuses to let the school move on.

Oxford High School
Oxford Community Schools Superintendent
the Performing Arts Center
Board of Education
Hana, Tate and Madisyn
the Board of Education
Davison High

Reina St. Juliana
Olivia Curtis
Trevor Marshall
Hana —
Jennifer Curtis
Tim Throne
Madisyn Baldwin
Justin Shilling
Steven Wolf
Ken Weaver
Timothy Mullins
John Doe
James Crumbley
Ethan Crumbley’s
Lynda Robinson
Mark Miller
Amber Ferguson
Karen Funfgeld
J.C. Reed


Upper Peninsula

Oxford High

the Upper Peninsula
Tate Myre

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High

Positivity     46.00%   
   Negativity   54.00%
The New York Times
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— She’d rarely left the house in the four months since the shooting, but on the first warm day of spring, 16-year-old Reina St. Juliana slid her lacrosse backpack over her shoulders, said goodbye to her parents and stepped out the front door.It was 4:30 p.m. on a Monday in mid-March, and her friend Olivia Curtis, also 16, idled in her SUV in the long driveway. Reina got into the passenger seat and shoved her lacrosse stick at her feet.They began driving to Oxford High School, the place where Reina had lost so much.“I don’t think I was nervous until now,” she said.“I actually wasn’t going to come today,” Olivia replied. My mom was like, ‘Go to tryouts, and if you don’t want to play, then quit.’ ”Reina didn’t let herself cry very often, not even when she spoke at the funeral for her 14-year-old sister, Hana — one of four teens killed Nov. 30 at Oxford High in one of the deadliest school shootings since the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Fla.Reina’s anger eclipsed her grief.Olivia paused at the intersection near the neighborhood bus stop, where a Norway spruce topped with a big silver star was planted in honor of Hana, who’d loved Christmas.Reina was acutely aware of her absence, especially on this day. They passed Meijer, the grocery store where Reina had learned of Hana’s death, and turned at the sign for Oxford High, where a memorial for the victims with white crosses, teddy bears and holiday wreaths had stood for six weeks before it was taken down.Its removal had become a source of smoldering resentment for Reina.School administrators had been accused in lawsuits filed by Oxford parents of ignoring red flags about the boy charged in the shooting — allegations they’ve repeatedly denied. There was no way she could watch her classmates talk and laugh in the hallway where Hana was killed.“Water, goggles, stick, cleats,” Reina said, slamming the car door. One note — from Thanksgiving 2017 — had been from Reina, then 11.“I’m so glad that you are my little sister,” she had written to Hana. He, along with the rest of the parents, was called into the store manager’s office.Moments later came the sound of cries and screams.It had been 48 days without Hana when Reina opened a mass email from Oxford Community Schools Superintendent Tim Throne.For several weeks, the sign outside Oxford High had been covered in tributes for the four victims: Madisyn Baldwin and Justin Shilling, both 17, Tate Myre, 16, and Hana, who at 14 had been the youngest. Encouraging messages on paper snowflakes and hearts were taped to the lockers.To “further their healing process,” Throne wrote in the Jan. 17 email, the victim memorial would be taken down.Reina was furious.Hana would have celebrated her 15th birthday on Jan. 29 — five days after classes were to resume in the building where she was killed. So far, the school had done little to take responsibility for her death or even apologize for it.In her notebook, Reina copied the lines from Throne’s email that most outraged her, underlining those sentences in purple marker, then penning her own thoughts underneath to share with the school:“The only reason why the memorial ‘should not be there’ is because Hana should be here.”“Hana did not choose to be murdered in school but we can choose to honor her and her memory in the best possible way, even if it may be hard for some.”If anyone was going to preserve her memory, Reina knew it would be her. She had been the one to curl Hana’s hair in the casket and to select the lineup of speakers at her funeral.“Hana being remembered is of the utmost importance to Reina,” said Jennifer Curtis, whom Reina considers family.It was why she was falling behind on her homework, why the Christmas tree was still up in the living room months after the holiday, why a plastic-wrapped pink teddy bear and blue-and-yellow volleyball signed by Hana’s teammates were in the garage — items taken from the first memorial.Reina wanted photos of her sister and the three other teens hung in a prominent location in the school, with tributes to each beneath them.Administrators worried that putting pictures of the four victims in the building might be triggering to the 1,800 students who’d survived the shooting.Kids with guns fueled a record number of school shootings in 2021They suggested a far less visible memorial in the Performing Arts Center, with short epitaphs and 8-by-10 photos — the size of something you’d display on an office desk, Reina thought.She sent dozens of text messages and emails to administrators and the seven-member Board of Education. Ai, 49, stayed home with Noa. She couldn’t bear hearing about anything connected to the shooting.As Reina performed passing drills on the lacrosse field, Steve waited three hours for the chance to speak during the school board’s open comment period.The temporary memorial “is a topic that she is extremely passionate about, and I promised her that I would speak to you all this evening about it,” Steve said.He acknowledged that the district’s trauma specialist thought the memorial might be too painful for some students. She was wearing a white jersey with the school’s name and Hana’s chosen number: 12.The team had reserved a different jersey — No. 1 — for her sister, sliding it onto the back of a folding chair, where two bouquets of purple and yellow flowers rested.Before the game began, a moment of silence was announced over the loudspeaker.“Hana could not wait to start playing lacrosse with her best friends and sister,” a sports broadcaster said. Hana might have been with them, Reina thought, if she hadn’t made the varsity team on her first try.“I just kept thinking,” Reina said later, “about how it was the first — and not the last — game without Hana.”Reina retied her gold cleats and snapped on her pink goggles.

As said here by Lizzie Johnson