Teenager charged with murder of four students at Oxford High School on Tuesday
The parents of a teen accused of killing four students after setting fire to a Michigan high school earlier this week are now facing charges, prosecutors announced Friday.
James and Jennifer Crumbley are each facing four counts of involuntary manslaughter. His son, 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley, reportedly fired at least 30 rounds in the hallway of Oxford High School on Tuesday, killing four classmates and injuring seven others, including a teacher.
Police say James Crumbley purchased the 9mm Sig Sauer pistol used in the attack just four days before the shooting on Black Friday.
Superintendent says Ethan Crumbley was called to office but ‘no discipline given’
Oakland County Prosecutor Karen Macdonald said Thursday that “the parents were the only ones in a position to know they had access to the weapons.” The gun “seems to be just freely available to that person.”
McDonald’s also told WJR-AM, “All I can say at this point is that the actions on the part of Mom and Dad go far beyond recklessness.” “We are clearly prosecuting the shooter to the fullest extent. … There are other individuals who must be held accountable.”
Meanwhile, Ethan Crumbley is facing one count of terrorism by causing death, four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to murder, and 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Tim Willis said Wednesday that the teen recorded video the night before the shooting in which he “talked about shooting and killing students the next day at Oxford High School.”
The sophomore’s behavior was so extreme that school officials called Crumbley’s parents to the school for a meeting on Tuesday, hours before the shooting, but Oxford Community School superintendent Tim Throne said discipline was not needed.
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said Crumbley met with school officials Monday because of behavioral issues in the classroom.
Bouchard said Crumbley still had 18 rounds to spare when police caught him in the hallway five minutes after the first 911 call.
The four students killed in the shooting are 16-year-old Tate Myere, 14-year-old Hana St. Juliana, 17-year-old Madison Baldwin and 15-year-old Justin Schilling.
At least three of the injured victims have been discharged from the hospital, including a 47-year-old teacher who was shot in the shoulder.
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