Crumbley parents face rare, but not unprecedented, charges in Michigan school shooting

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Charges against parents of children who shoot school children are rare, but Crumblies is not the first to be held accountable by law for children who commit such school violence.

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Something similar happened more than two decades ago in Crumbley’s home state, when Jamel James was sentenced to two years in prison for involuntary manslaughter after a 6-year-old found his gun and tried to kill a classmate. used it for According to the Detroit News.

In the 2000 case, a child living with James found his gun in a shoe box at home and took it to his school near Flint, Michigan, eventually killing Kayla Rowland, who was only 6 years old.

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In nearby Indiana, the mother of a 14-year-old boy who opened fire at her school before killing herself in 2018 was sentenced to probation after two years, according to the Associated Press.

Mary Ann York pleaded guilty to four child neglect charges for having guns in her home after her child threatened to shoot her school and failed to take her troubled teen to counseling.

6-year-old Kayla Rowland was shot and killed by a classmate on February 29, 2000, with a gun owned by Jamel James.
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He received 2.5 years of probation and five dozen hours of community service.

In 2018, a Texas family who lost their child at a Santa Fe high school killed eight students and two substitute teachers sued the killer’s parents, saying he had properly locked his weapons. did not do. Under Texas law, a parent can be charged with misdemeanor, the AP said.

Jennifer and James Crumbley were handed charges that could come with a decade of prison time for negligence and failure to respond to their son’s troubling behavior.

The Crumbleys bought a gun for their 15-year-old son, Ethan, a few days before the shooting and didn’t keep it close.

On the day of the shooting, the pair met with administrators at Oxford High School over disturbing portraits of Ethan – which included murders and suicidal thoughts – and refused to bring him home. He didn’t even bother to ask if he had taken the gun he used to brag about his being online, the weapon he eventually used to kill four people and wound seven.

Ethan Crumbley
Ethan Crumbley was charged as an adult for his alleged shooting.
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Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said on Friday that the chargers are there to “catch the individuals who contributed to the tragedy and send the message that gun owners have a responsibility.”

McDonald said he didn’t think the allegations against the Michigan parent were “unique or unusual,” claiming the parents didn’t do enough to prevent the tragedy.

Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald
Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald reprimanded Jennifer and James Crumbley for allowing their son, Ethan, to easily access their guns.
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