Shocking details surrounding Ethan Crumbley have come out this week, and it turns the school may have missed certain warning signs…
As we know, Ethan Crumbley, opened fire on his fellow classmates Tuesday November 30…
Killing 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.
Fifteen-year-old Crumbley was taken into custody as soon as police arrived on scene, and later arrested.
Although he didn’t resist arrest, he invoked his right to remain silent. Police later recovered a loaded handgun, reportedly belonging to the boy’s father.
Shortly after the descovery of the weapon, more news about the case 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 by Crumbley’s father.
1 thing people on social media were disgusted with, was the alleged shooters access to the weapon.
Many pointed out that Ethan should never have been allowed near the gun, and that the parents should be charged as a result…
As we know, Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald charged Crumbley with murder and terrorism.
But now his parents have also been charged.
“Owning a gun means securing it properly and locking it and keeping the ammunition separate,” said McDonald, in a press conference yesterday.
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.
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.
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…
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 merely hours after being charged.
Sheriff Michael Bouchard told CNN:
“If they think they are going to get away, they are not.”
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.
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.”
They were arrested at 1:45am local time.
It was then confirmed that the couple had pleaded not guilty.
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.
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.
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.
New information then came out about Ethan’s parents…
And people are outraged that they were even allowed to buy a gun in the first place…
It was revealed that both Jennifer and James Crumbley both a rap sheet, and have had altercations with Florida police before…
The couple each received a DUI separately back in February 2005 and plead no contest as per filings from Duval County Court show, this resulted in them being fined $652.50 each.
James was also fined a further $200 after he was caught driving without a license.
Not only that, but Jennifer has been caught twice for faking a check, and ordered to pay $240…
Leaving many questioning how they were permitted to purchase a gun.
And following these revelations, new warning signs around Crumbley’s behavior have come out…
On the day of the shooting, a teacher observed “observed concerning drawings and written statements” on Crumbley’s desk, as per CNN.
“These doodlings depicted a gun, a bullet, a shooting victim, and a laughing emoji.”
Ethan Crumbley was sent back to class after a meeting with teachers and his parents despite the concern shown about these drawings.
After being dismissed from the counselor’s office, the teenager open-fired.
As soon as the news broke, people questioned why he was allowed back into class after the meeting.
And, now, superintendent Tim Thorne has explained the reason why.
“The student was immediately removed from the classroom and brought to the guidance counselor’s office, where he claimed the drawing was part of a video game he was designing and informed counselors that he planned to pursue video game design as a career,” the teacher went began.
“At no time did counselors believe the student might harm others based on his behavior, responses, and demeanor, which appeared calm.”