More States Consider Law To Punish More Parents Over Children Firing Guns

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Following the tragic events that took place at Oxford High last week, officials have taken a closer look at the punishments in place for parents…

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This comes aftert the parents of Ethan Crumbley have been held accountable for their son’s actions…

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They’re each being held on a $500,000 bond, and their arrest has led people to question whether more parents should be charged in cases of children using guns.

Scroll on to take a look at how the law could change…

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The shooter, Ethan Crumbley, opened fire early afternoon on Tuesday November 30…

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The students who were tragically killed have been identified as sixteen-year-old, Tate Myre, fourteen-year-old, Hana St. Juliana, seventeen-year-old, Madisyn Baldwin, and seventeen-year-old Justin Shilling who died the following day from his injuries.

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The 7 students injured ranged in ages from fourteen to seventeen, and 2 girls are reportedly in critical condition with gunshot wounds…

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One of the 8 injured was a forty-seven-year-old teacher at the school, who has since left the hospital with minor injuries.

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It was found that Tate Myre attempted to disarm the gun, giving other people time to escape with their lives, but, his wounds after doing so, were substantial, and he lost his life as a result of his bravery.

Myre’s former teammate Drake Biggie said: “Everyone wanted to talk to Tate, everyone wanted to be around Tate.”

He also said that Myre always “got the job done,” and he certainly did, even when it came to protecting his fellow students, putting his own life in the hands of the shooter, instead.

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The fifteen-year-old suspect, Ethan Crumbley, was taken into custody as soon as police arrived on scene, and later arrested.

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Although he didn’t resist arrest, he has invoked his right to remain silent. Police later recovered a loaded handgun, reportedly belonging to the boy’s father. His parents have since hired an attorney and informed him not to speak to the police.

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What makes this incident even more chilling, is the fact, that Crumbley posted an image of his “new beauty” online, as per Buzzfeed, along with a worrying caption…

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The teen shared a photo of the weapon on Instagram with the caption: “Just got my new beauty today 😍 SIG SAUER 9mm. Ask any questions I will answer,” according to screenshots of his post being shared on social media.

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But Crumbley’s social media posts aren’t the only concerning behavior he has been showing.

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A sheriff has revealed that 2 teachers reported concerning behavior from Crumbley in the days prior prompting a meeting to take place just hours before the shooting.

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Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard revealed to CNN’s Brianna Keilar that a behavior report was first made when “a teacher in the classroom where he was a student saw and heard something that she felt was disturbing.”

This occurred on Monday and “they had a counseling session about it with school officials, and a phone call was left with the parents.”

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But then, on Tuesday, the same day of the shooting, another teacher reported concerning behavior.

Crumbley was taken down to the school office where they had a meeting with officials and his parents were called, however it was decided that he could return to class.

Just hours later Crumbley opened fire.

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And now, after the tragic loss of 4 beautiful souls, more news about the case has surfaced.

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Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard has said that the shooter used a 9 mm Sig Sauer gun, a weapon that was purchased just a week before the boy opened fire on fellow students.

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1 thing people on social media were disgusted with, was the alleged shooters access to the weapon.

Here’s what was said on Twitter…

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As we know, Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald charged Crumbley with murder and terrorism.

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But now, 2 other people have been charged – his parents.

“Owning a gun means securing it properly and locking it and keeping the ammunition separate,” she said in a press conference, McDonald said yesterday.

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Last week, both Crumbley’s mother and father were charged with 4 counts of involuntary manslaughter.

The charges against James and Jennifer Crumbley were filed on Friday, December 3 in 52nd District Court in Rochester Hills.

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“What the prosecutor is saying is, let’s look at the parents’ responsibility. This is really a new frontier,” Honig said.

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A fugitive task force then began searching for the pair.

Just hours after the charges were announced, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said that authorities were searching for Crumbley’s parents and that a “fugitive apprehension team” were looking for them…

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After briefly going on the run, a frantic police search began for the pair.

The parents had not appeared as scheduled for their arraignment and went missing mere hours after being charged.

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Sheriff Michael Bouchard told CNN:

“If they think they are going to get away, they are not.”

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Sheriff Bouchard then confirmed that the parents were missing.

However, after a relatively short but frantic search, the couple were found hiding in the basement of a Detroit building in the early hours of Saturday morning after receiving a tip-off from a member of the public who’d spotted the vehicle parked outside.

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Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe told a local newspaper, The Detroit Free Press:

“The owner of the building arrived and saw the car in the back parking lot, knew it didn’t belong there, and went to investigate.”

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They were arrested at 1:45am local time.

It was then confirmed that the couple had pleaded not guilty.

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Footage of the pair in court showed them laughing and weeping.

According to the Daily Beast, Jennifer cried as she said she understood the charges against her, whereas James smiled, laughed, shook his head. He also raised his eyebrows at various points.

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Prosecutor Karen McDonald said:

“These are not people that we can be assured are going to return to court on their own.”

It was at this moment that James laughed.

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Their defence lawyer, Sharon Smith, said that Ethan’s parents were not running away.

Smith added that they planned to turn themselves in once their affairs were in order.

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And now, some states are preparing to put a new law in place that would result in parents being punished for their children commiting a crime using a weapon.

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The prosecutor said: “While the shooter was the one who entered the high school and pulled the trigger, there were other individuals who contributed to the events.”

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Despite Michigan planning to put a safe-storage law in place earlier in the year, to prevent children from having access to weapons, it never went through…

However, recent events have pushed for a stricter law on weapons being stored safely in the home.

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In a recent Washington Post review after the Columbine High School massacre, they found that of all the cases…

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“In total, the guns those children used were taken from their own homes or those of relatives or friends 80 percent of the time.”

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This review indicates that the safe-storage legislation could possibly act as a deterrent for school shootings.

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The Washington Post went on to find that if those children did not have access to those firearms, more than half the shootings would never have happened, saving countless young lives.

What do you think of the legislation?

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