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Michigan School Shooting Suspect’s Parents Are Being Charged With Manslaughter

“We must start holding people accountable for what their kids do. This is not a toy,” Michigan Sen. Rosemary Bayer said.

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Accused Oxford High School shooter Ethan Crumbley’s parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, have each been charged with four counts of homicide involuntary manslaughter.

Oxford High School Shooting

On November 30, 2021, a mass shooting occurred at Oxford High School in the Detroit exurb of Oxford Township, Michigan, United States. The accused shooter, 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley, let off at least 30 shots of his semiautomatic firearm, killing four students and injuring seven more, including a teacher. He was detained by police with rounds still in his handgun.

On Saturday, December 4th, after a brief manhunt for the parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley were arraigned in court on four counts each of involuntary manslaughter, with their bonds set at  $500,000 each. Though school shootings are familiar territory in the U.S., it is uncommon for parents to be charged in such cases. However, in the case of the Crumbleys, they’re a few reasons why these charges were put on them.

His Parents Gave Him The Gun As A Christmas Present

James Crumbley bought a 9mm Sig Sauer handgun on Black Friday for his son. What’s even crazier is that pictures of the gun were posted to social media by both the mother and the son, days before the shooting.

Ethan Was Searching The Internet For Ammunition At School

Days before the shooting, a teacher noticed Ethan searching the web for ammunition. The teacher notified school officials, who notified the parents via phone and email, but they did not respond. Later on Monday, the mother Jennifer Crumbley sent her son a text message saying, “LOL I’m not mad at you. You have to learn not to get caught.”

The Final Red Flag

On the day of the shooting, another teacher found a drawing on the accused shooter’s desk that essentially depicted a shooting. The illustration showed a “semiautomatic handgun pointing at the words ‘the thoughts won’t stop help me,'” and it included a drawing of a bullet with the words “blood everywhere” written above it.

This led to a meeting that was held between the school administration and Ethan’s parents shortly after the incident. Though school officials were instructed to help provide counseling for their son within 48 hours, the parents resisted the idea of taking their son out of school, and he was allowed to return to the classroom. Little did they know that his 9mm Sig Sauer handgun was in his backpack.

Shortly after news reports emerged about the shooting, Jennifer Crumbley texted her son, “Ethan don’t do it,” according to prosecutors. Then, James Crumbley called 911 to report a gun was missing from his house, and that he believed his son may be the shooter.

Read More: The Problem With Gun Violence in the US is When We Start to Expect it

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