Update: The parents of the 15-year-old charged in this week’s deadly shooting at Michigan’s Oxford High School have been charged with four counts each of homicide involuntary manslaughter.
They were on the run and caught early Saturday, several hours after a prosecutor filed involuntary manslaughter charges against them The charges against James and Jennifer Crumbley were filed this morning in 52nd District Court in Rochester Hills.
According to CNN,
There is a “strong possibility” the 15-year-old sophomore accused of killing four fellow students this week at a Michigan high school had the gun in his backpack when he met shortly before the shooting with administrators and his parents over his concerning behavior that day, the prosecutor in the case told CNN on Thursday night.
But at that point, no disciplinary action was warranted, the school district superintendent said Thursday.
Ethan Crumbley has been charged as an adult with terrorism, murder and other counts in Tuesday’s shooting that also left seven people wounded at Oxford High School north of Detroit. It was the deadliest shooting at a US K-12 campus since 2018 and the 32nd such attack since August 1.
Hours before the rampage, a teacher saw Crumbley engage in “concerning” behavior that prompted school officials to pull him into an office and call his parents for a meeting, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard told CNN. After that discussion, Crumbley was allowed back to class.
Tim Throne, superintendent of the Oxford Community School District, said yesterday in a video statement,
“No discipline was warranted. There are no discipline records at the high school.
Yes, this student did have contact with our front office. And yes, his parents were on campus November 30th.”
Prosecutor Karen McDonald of Oakland County told CNN, there is a “strong possibility” that Crumbley had the gun he allegedly used in the shooting in his backpack during the meeting.
“During Covid, they don’t use lockers, so they just have backpacks.”
“Unfortunately, he was allowed to get back to class, and we now know that he had a weapon with him at that time, and that is simply tragic.”
The superintendent acknowledged district officials have not been communicating quickly and said he’s working on meeting with the parents of the four students killed in the shooting.
“I apologized to our staff today that we haven’t been communicating sooner, and that’s OK. It’s OK because in this instance, we have to go by the book and we simply cannot communicate things until others have communicated things.
And this is as much information as we can give you today.”
Ethan’s mother once worked as a real estate broker in the Oxford area, but her staff bio has now been taken down. She penned an open letter to President-elect Trump, which she posted on her blog in November 2016 saying,
“Mr. Trump, I actually love that you are a bad public speaker because that showed sincerity, and humility.
You changed your mind, and you said ‘so what.’ You made the famous ‘grab them in the pussy’ comment, did it offend me? No. I say things all the time that people take the wrong way, do I mean them, not always. Do I agree that you should of [sic] shown your tax returns? No. I don’t care what you do or maybe don’t pay in taxes, I think those are personal and if the Gov’t can lock someone up over $10,000 of unpaid taxes and you slipped on by, then that shows the corruption.
As a female and a Realtor, thank you for allowing my right to bear arms. Allowing me to be protected if I show a home to someone with bad intentions. Thank you for respecting that Amendment.”
Her husband agrees.
(via The Daily Beast)