The parents of Ethan Crumble, the Michigan school shooting suspect, have been charged with manslaughter in connection with the deadly massacre earlier this week.
James and Jennifer Curmbley have been charged by Oakland County District Attorney Karen McDonald, three days after their 15-year-old son opened fire in the halls of Oxford High School, killing four of his classmates, the Associated Press reported Friday. study and wounding seven others. . Each parent faces four counts of manslaughter.
MacDonald announced the accusations at a noon news conference and said she directed them because while it was Mr. Crumbly who pulled the trigger, “there were other individuals who contributed.” “I intend to hold them accountable,” she said.
The attorney general noted that the manslaughter charge is the strongest permitted under the law, which states that the parents of a child who violates firearm-related laws on school property or in a school car can be held criminally responsible if the parent knew the child’s intentions or promoted their actions.
The couple is scheduled to appear in court at 4 p.m. Friday. However, as of 3 p.m. The fleeing team was still looking for them to serve arrest warrants.
On Friday, MacDonald said Crumble’s mother wrote him “Ethan, don’t do that” after hearing reports of active shootings at his school.
When he heard the reports, officials said, the suspect’s father, James, called 911 to report a handgun missing.
According to MacDonald, the rifle Crumbly allegedly used – a Sig Sauer 9mm SP 2022 – was stored in an open drawer in the family home. The suspect went with his father to buy the gun on Black Friday and then posted a comment about his “new Christmas gift” experience on social media.
MacDonald also provided new details about the two incidents that prompted teachers to issue warnings about Crumble’s behavior before the shootings.
On Monday, a teacher reportedly found Mr Crumpley searching for ammo on his mobile phone. His parents were alerted, and his mother Jennifer allegedly texted him: “Lol I’m not mad at you, you have to learn not to get caught.”
On Tuesday, another teacher found in a note on Mr Crumble’s desk a drawing of a pistol with a bullet with the words: “Thoughts won’t stop, help me” and “Blood is everywhere.”
Ms MacDonald said Mr Crumble’s parents had been called as a result of the observation, but had struggled to get him back into class.
The public prosecutor went on to describe the parents’ failure to prevent the shooting on Tuesday as a “crime.”
“I have tremendous sympathy and sympathy for parents who have children who are struggling and at risk for whatever reason. And I am not saying that an active shooting situation should always lead to criminal prosecution against the parents.”
“But the facts of this case are so terrible, reading this document and looking at it and reading the words ‘help me, with a gun, blood everywhere,’ it just has no effect. [on] As a prosecutor and lawyer, this affects me as a mother. The idea that a parent can read these words and also know that their son has access to a lethal weapon, which they gave him, is unreasonable and I think criminal. It’s criminal.”
MacDonald said she made the charges to send a message about the responsibility of gun owners.
“When they fail to take this responsibility, there are serious and criminal consequences,” she said. “As we work together to honor the lives lost and all those affected by evil deeds this week, justice for the victims and their families is at the forefront of today’s announcement.
“We need to do better in this country. We need to say this is enough for our children, our teachers, our parents, all of us in this community and communities across this nation.”
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Jennifer Cromble had a Wrote an open letter to Donald Trump On her blog in 2016, she praised the Republican’s stance on gun rights.
“As a female and realtor, I thank you for allowing my right to bear arms,” she wrote. “Allow me to protect if I offer a home to someone with ill intentions. Thank you for respecting this amendment.”
Ethan Curmbley is currently being held without bond in the Oakland County Jail on 24 counts, including one count of terrorism and four counts of first-degree murder.