The teen’s parents, who allegedly shot dead four students at an American high school, have been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the deaths.
Chief prosecutor Karen McDonald in Oakland County, Michigan, on Friday charged Jennifer and James Crumbley with four counts of involuntary manslaughter, declaring their actions before the murders were “far more than reckless.”
The Crumblies were charged three days after their 15-year-old son, Ethan, allegedly opened fire at Oxford High School in the Midwestern city of Oxford, Michigan, killing four students and injuring seven others. .
Experts say that parents in the US are rarely accused of shootings at a school involving their children. If convicted, the Crumbleys could face up to 15 years in prison.
Ethan Crumbley has been charged as an adult with two dozen crimes, including manslaughter and terrorism, for allegedly killing students with a semi-automatic gun, which last week were legally charged to him, investigators said. Bought by father.
Michigan law doesn’t require gun owners to keep weapons close to children, but McDonald’s said that’s no excuse.
“All I can say at this point is that the actions on the part of Mom and Dad go far beyond recklessness,” she said in an interview with WJR-AM Radio in Detroit, Michigan.
According to Education Week, Tuesday’s attack was the deadliest shooting at a US school this year. It was also the latest in a long series of mass shootings in American schools that spanned decades.
Information about this report has been received from The Associated Press and Reuters.