Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashilll was on the verge of tears as he spoke about the high school shooting on Tuesday in Oxford, Michigan.
Three students were killed and eight others injured when another student randomly opened fire at Oxford High School, which is situated about 35 miles north of Detroit.
“My prayers to the families that were affected today in Oxford,” Blashill said. “It’s as terrible, terrible thing.”
While speaking, Blashill stopped to compose himself a couple of times, overcome by emotion.
“Nothing I say can certainly do anything to help those that suffered the tragedy, that lost their lives,” Blashill said. “My heart goes out to certainly everybody involved, everybody at the school, the community.”
Red Wings Larkin Expresses Condolences
Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin echoed the sentiments of his coach, describing the shooting as an unpspeakable tragedy.
Our thoughts are with Oxford, MI tonight. pic.twitter.com/fo3ORqLGZz
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) December 1, 2021
“On behalf of our whole organization and the guys in our room, I want to send my heartfelt condolences to the community of Oxford, Michigan, and metro Detroit and the state of Michigan in general,” Larkin said. “It was an unspeakable tragedy what happened today, and it hit the guys in the room hard. We’re thinking about the victims and the entire community.”
Tuesday’s tragedy was the 28th school shooting in the USA in 2021, according to data compiled by Education Week. Nine people have died in these incidents, including eight children. Twenty of these occurrences have come since August, when schools across the USA resumed in-person learning.
Blashill didn’t leave any grey area when it came to where he stands on this polarizing issue and how it affects Americans.
“It just shouldn’t happen,” Jeff Blashill said. “I think it’s insane that this is somewhat normal,” Blashill said. “It just shouldn’t happen. It’s gotta stop.
“Again, my heart goes out to certainly everybody involved, everybody at the school, the community.”