After the tragedy at Michigan High School where a fifteen-year-old student of the school carried out a horrifying shooting, killing 4 people, and injuring many more, the suspect’s parents have also been charged.
The decision is being called “unprecedented.”
Read on to find out more.
School shootings here in America are an epidemic, with twenty-eight deaths and eighty injuries caused by shootings nationally this year alone, and sadly, these statistics are only getting worse…
Oxford High is now the twenty-eighth school shooting of 2021 where deaths and injuries have been reported.
People have spoken out online about the devastating incident…
The shooter, Ethan Crumbley, opened fire early afternoon on Tuesday, with the first call to police coming in at 12:51 p.m, followed by hundreds more from terrified students…
The students who were tragically killed have been identified as sixteen-year-old, Tate Myre, fourteen-year-old, Hana St. Juliana, and seventeen-year-old, Madisyn Baldwin. Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said Myre died while being transported to hospital in one of the deputy’s cars.
The 7 students injured ranged in ages from fourteen to seventeen, and 2 girls are reportedly in critical condition with gunshot wounds…
One of the 8 injured was a forty-seven-year-old teacher at the school, who has since left the hospital with minor injuries.
Sixteen-year-old, Tate Myre, was among those who sadly died.
Myres, who has been described as a hero by many, passed away in a patrol car as a deputy tried to get him to an emergency room.
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.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has spoken out about the incident, too.
“I think this is every parent’s worst nightmare,” when talking about the incident.
“My heart goes out to the families. This is an unimaginable tragedy. I hope we can all rise to the occasion and wrap our arms around the families, the affected children and school personnel, and this community,” she continued, as per CNN.
The fifteen-year-old suspect, Ethan Crumbley, was taken into custody as soon as police arrived on scene, and later arrested.
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.
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…
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.
But Crumbley’s social media posts aren’t the only concerning behavior he has been showing.
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.
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.”
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.
“A different teacher in a different classroom saw some behavior that they felt was concerning, and they brought the child down to an office, had a meeting with school officials, called in the parents, and ultimately it was determined that he could go back into class.”
Just hours later Crumbley opened fire.
And now, after the tragic loss of 3 beautiful souls, more news about the case has surfaced.
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.
1 thing people on social media were disgusted with, was the alleged shooters access to the weapon.
Here’s what was said on Twitter…
As we know, Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald charged Crumbley with murder and terrorism.
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.
And, today, both Crumbley’s mother have father have been charged with 4 counts of involuntary manslaughter.
The charges against James and Jennifer Crumbley were filed this morning in 52nd District Court in Rochester Hills.
CNN senior legal analyst, Elie Honig, called the move “unprecedented.”
“What the prosecutor is saying is, let’s look at the parents’ responsibility. This is really a new frontier,” Honig said.