Parents Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter: Egregious Actions Led to Failure to Prevent Mass Shooting at Oxford High School

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The parents of the Michigan school shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley were charged Friday, December 3, 2021 with four counts of homicide involuntary manslaughter. Jennifer and James Crumbley, the parents of the 15-year-old boy accused of killing four of his classmates and wounding seven other people, were charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of Hana St. Juliana, 14; Madisyn Baldwin, 17; Tate Myre, 16; and Justin Shilling, 17.




NOTE FOUND BY TEACHER ON ETHAN CRUMBLEY’S CLASSROOM DESK

Drawing of a semi-automatic handgun pointing at the words, “the thoughts won’t stop, help me”

A drawing of a person shot twice and bleeding with a drawing of a laughing emoji below the wounded person.

Drawing of a bullet with words above the bullet, “Blood Everywhere”

Below the drawings … “My life is useless” — “The world is dead”

Before the shooting, a teacher also witnessed the shooter searching for ammunition on his cellphone and reported the finding to school officials. A voice message from school personnel was left on Jennifer Crumbley’s voice mail regarding the inappropriate search in the classroom. After the shooting, investigators discovered a text message from Jennifer Crumbley to her son that told Ethan not to get caught searching in class. Jennifer Crumbley wrote to her son Ethan Crumbley, “LOL, I’m not mad at you. You have to learn not to get caught.” Additionally she did not respond to the voice message left by the school, and did not respond to an email from the school that was intended to follow up on the unanswered voice mail.




A meeting was called with parents, their son, and school officials. School officials ordered the parents to seek counseling for their sone within 48 hours.

The parents, Jennifer and James Crumbley, saw threatening art work drawn by their son involving shooting and blood, the words “the world is dead” and “help me.” A teacher discovered the threatening artwork and took a picture of the “artwork.” The image was presented at the meeting.




Egregiously, the parents of the shooter resisted removing their son from Oxford High School at the meeting with school officials the morning before the mass shooting. The parents left the school without their school. Oakland County Michigan Prosecutor Karen McDonald left the door open to criminal negligence charges against school officials as the investigation is ongoing. McDonald was responding to a question from a reported about criminal negligence by school officials

Knowing these facts, the parents failed to prevent their son’s access to a recently purchased handgun, which was also described as a Christmas gift.

“There were a lot of things that could be so simple to prevent.”

— Prosecutor Karen McDonald

The semiautomatic Sig Sauer handgun recovered in Tuesday’s mass shooting attack was purchased by the suspect’s father in late November 2021. The gun had been stored in an unlocked drawer in the parents’ bedroom.

The 15-year-old suspect, Ethan Crumbley, was accused of killing four students in an Oxford, Michigan, school was previously charged as an adult with four counts of first-degree murder and terrorism, and other charges.

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