Michigan Football To Wear Patch Honoring Oxford High School Shooting Victims

by John Jamison

Michigan will wear patches to honor 11 Oxford High School shooting victims in the Big Ten Championship game against Iowa on Saturday.

Four students were killed, and seven more were injured in the shooting at Oxford High earlier this week. Michigan had a special patch made in honor of the victims, and shared it on social media Friday morning.

On Tuesday, 15-year old Ethan Crumbley opened fire at the high school in Oxford Township. The high school is located outside of Detroit, and the nearby Ann Arbor-based university took the tragedy personally.

The impact the shooting had and continues to have on the local community can’t be understated. But tragedy has been known to bring out the best in people. That’s certainly true of late Oxford High School football player and honor student Tate Myre. The 16-year old died in the heroic act of attempting to disarm the shooter.

“The ‘TM’ and ’42’ pay tribute to football player Tate Myre. Tate, Hana St. Juliana, Madisyn Baldwin, and Justin Shilling, whose lives were senselessly lost earlier this week, are represented by four blue hearts. We are proud to represent the state of Michigan and all of its communities,” the Michigan Football tweet reads.

Oxford High School Petition to Rename Stadium in Tate Myer’s Honor

Just as the Michigan Wolverines are looking to honor Tate Myre and his fellow victims, so too is the student body of Oxford High School.

A Change.org petition started by Drake Biggie seeks to have the school’s Wildcat Stadium renamed in Tate’s honor. However, the petition has already racked up over 200,000 signatures. It is well on its way to becoming one of the most-signed on the entire platform.

“Tate is not just a hero to his fellow students at Oxford high school but a legend. His act of bravery should be remembered forever and passed down through generations. He put his life in danger to try and help the thousands of other students at Oxford High School,” the petition reads.

By all accounts, Tate was great on the field, having played on the varsity squad at Oxford since his freshman year. But he was at his best off of it, and his actions on Tuesday prove that ten times over.