Billy Graham Rapid Response Team deploys following school shooting in Michigan

BG-RRT Press Kit

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 1, 2021 – Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) chaplains have deployed to Oxford, Michigan—a suburb of Detroit—after four people were killed in a school shooting Tuesday afternoon.

A sophomore student at Oxford High School is in custody after authorities say he opened fire, killing four and injuring seven others.

“Our hearts are heavy to hear about the tragic school shooting in Michigan. As we respond to natural and man-made disasters around the world, none are more heart-breaking than school shootings,” said Josh Holland, assistant director of the BG-RRT. “Our crisis-trained chaplains are available to pray with, and share God’s love with, those who have been impacted by this horrific tragedy.”

The BG-RRT has come alongside and supported survivors following multiple school shootings in its 20 year history, most recently serving at UNC Charlotte in 2019.

Chaplains are also providing emotional and spiritual support in Whatcom County, Washington, after historic flooding, and in three locations in Louisiana, where they have been since Sept. 1 after Hurricane Ida devastated the area.

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About the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team:

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team was developed by Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It has since grown into an international network of chaplains in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia who are specifically trained to deal with crisis situations. They have deployed to more than 550 disaster sites across the globe, including shootings, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes.

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Blake Freeland
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