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Gunman at Oxford school didn’t pretend to be sheriff

A 15-year-old has been charged with first-degree murder in the November 30 shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan that killed four students and injured several people.

During the rampage, a new student records a group of students huddled together in a classroom when they knock on the door.

“The sheriff’s office. Get out safely,” said someone on the other side of the door. But a student inside the room said, “We are not willing to take that risk now.”

The voice outside the classroom continued, “Open the door. It’s okay, brother.”

This seemed to make the students nervous.

“He said, brother, red flag,” said a boy, prompting the group to flee the window.

The video went viral on social media and some users identified the person standing at the door as the shooter.

“School shooter pretends to be sheriff (sic). I don’t trust Oxford schools anymore,” read a post on TikTok.

But that’s inaccurate, according to USA Today. The person outside the classroom was an official from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

“We have now been able to determine that he is not the suspect,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said during a news conference the day after the shooting. “Most likely, it was one of the interrogators in civilian clothes, and he might have (says) his ‘brothers’ in a conversational fashion trying to get them out of the crisis.”

Bouchard said, based on surveillance video from the school, that the alleged shooter did not knock on doors or enter classrooms.

Rittenhouse has not sued LeBron James

After being acquitted last month of murder charges in the deadly 2020 shooting of two men in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Kyle Rittenhouse has been the subject of social media rumors. A recent publication claims that the 18-year-old has filed a lawsuit against NBA star LeBron James.

One Facebook user wrote in a post with 2,000 shares and 70,000 views: “Hahahaha! This is going to be good!”

But no lawsuit has been filed, according to the Associated Press.

“No legal action has been taken against any organization or person in particular,” Rittenhouse spokesman David Hancock told the Associated Press.

The story seems to have originated in a satirical site. Other false allegations say Rittenhouse is suing Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar and CNN.

Hancock said Rittenhouse has no plans to file any defamation lawsuits.

The name Omicron from the Greek alphabet


A researcher prepares to sequence COVID-19 omicron samples in South Africa. Experts say Facebook’s widely publicized claims that the Omicron name is a military symbol are wrong.
– Associated Press photos

The new type of novel coronavirus, the omicron, has spread rapidly around the world as health officials have said it could be more transmissible than previous strains.

Some social media users focused on the name.

A Facebook post claimed that “the new variants that appear are military symbols. Each variant refers to military operations and anti-white hat chess moves.”

Not so, according to USA Today. From the beginning, variants were named using letters from the Greek alphabet.

The World Health Organization, or WHO, uses letters to name each variable as soon as it becomes of interest or concern.

Alpha, beta, gamma, delta, and omicron are variables of current concern. The variables lambda and mu are of interest. While Kappa, iota, and eta were once of interest, they are now listed as being watched. Epsilon, zeta and theta are classified as previously monitored.

When all Greek letters are used, WHO officials will choose a new naming process.

fake trump christmas card

A supposed Christmas card from former President Donald Trump is being shared on social media.

The card shows Trump in a tuxedo, along with ornaments with pictures of his family, a tree, a scene of the Provider, Santa Claus, and the presidential seal. It read, “Happy Birthday from the Winter White House.”

But the card is “fake like an aluminum Christmas tree,” according to PolitiFact.

Trump spokeswoman Liz Harrington told PolitiFact that the card did not come from the former president. She said Trump and his wife Melania would send personal cards. Official Trump Cards are available on Save America for $10 each.

PolitiFact said the image on the fake card appears to be from a 2019 photo of Trump in uniform and has been modified to create a sexually suggestive image.

• Bob Oswald is a veteran Chicago-area journalist and former news editor for Elgin Courier-News. Contact him at boboswald33@gmail.com

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