Pontiac, Mich. — A prosecutor says the parents of a teen accused of murdering four students at a Michigan high school were called hours earlier when a teacher was found carrying a gun, bleeding from a man and the words “Help me ” met.

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Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald made the revelation Friday as she filed charges of involuntary manslaughter against James Crumbley, the parents of Jennifer and 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley.

McDonald’s says the gun used in the Oxford High School shooting was purchased a week earlier by James Crumbley and given to the boy.


Ethan Crumbley is returned to his class and later emerges from a bathroom, firing a gun at the students.

He faces murder and other charges.

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McDonald’s says Jennifer Crumbley sent her son a text saying, “Ethan, don’t do that.”

This is a breaking news update. Below is an earlier story from AP.

A prosecutor in Michigan filed involuntary manslaughter charges Friday against the parents of a boy accused of killing four students at an Oxford high school, after previously saying their actions “goed far beyond recklessness.”

Jennifer and James Crumbley were charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Under Michigan law, an involuntary manslaughter charge may be pursued if prosecutors believe someone contributed to a situation where the harm or death was greater. If convicted, they could face up to 15 years in prison.

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.”

Ethan Crumbley, 15, has been charged as an adult with two dozen crimes, including murder, attempt to murder and terrorism, for the shooting Tuesday at Oxford High School in Oakland County, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Detroit. .

Four students were killed and seven others were injured in this. The condition of three was in stable hospitals.

According to investigators, the semi-automatic gun was legally purchased by Crumbley’s father last week.

According to experts, in the US parents are rarely charged in school shootings involving their children, while most minors obtain guns from a parent or relative’s home.

Michigan has no law that requires gun owners to keep weapons away from children. However, McDonald’s suggests there is more to make the case.

“All I can say at this point is that the actions on the part of Mom and Dad are more than reckless,” she told WJR-AM. “We are clearly prosecuting the shooter to the fullest extent. … There are other individuals who must be held accountable.”

Later in a press conference, McDonald’s said it expected an announcement “in the next 24 hours”. When she filed charges against her son on Wednesday she had strongly indicated that Crumbley’s parents were under investigation.

Sheriff Mike Bouchard revealed Wednesday that the parents had met with school officials about their son’s classroom behavior hours before the shooting.

McDonald’s said that the information troubling the school “will be revealed soon.”

Police said Crumbley had stayed at the school on Tuesday and later exited the bathroom with a gun, firing at students in the hallway.

The district superintendent posted a YouTube video late Thursday in which he said the teen was called to the office before the shooting but “there was no discipline.”

Oxford Community Schools leader Tim Throne said the high school looked like a “war zone” and would not be ready for weeks. But he repeatedly credited students and staff for how they reacted to the violence.

“To say that I am still in shock and stunned is probably an understatement. These events that have happened will not define us,” Throne, grim-faced and soft-spoken, said in the 12-minute video. .

“I want you to know that there has been a lot of talk about the student who was caught, that he was called into office and all that sort of thing. No discipline was necessary,” Throne said. “There is no discipline record in high school. Yes this student had contact with our front office, and yes, his parents were on campus on November 30th.”

Throne said it could not immediately release additional details.


White reported from Detroit. Associated Press journalist Mike Householder in Detroit also contributed to this report.