Chilling Videos, Journal Found as Parents Face Scrutiny in Michigan School Shooting

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1. they cared jack SHIT for the warning signs pointing to their little bundle of horror about to commit mass murder.
2. they TOOK OFF.
3. they LIED about turning themselves in.
4. they bought their already knowingly disturbed bundle of horror THE GUN.

This little terrorist shitball mass murdered 4 kids, hurt 8 others, and his parents were part of the process and you're defending them??

Goddamn, go fuck yourself Boom. It's people like you that have this shit keep happening.

So, what have you got to say about that black murderer who killed 6 people and injured another 8 people in that Christmas parade joy ride attack awhile back? The buffoon has a rap sheet a mile long but ask the f'n lying media if they give a shit? They will not because the scumbag murderer was black. Can you imagine what you and the f'n lying media would say if the guy was white? Endless talking about the incident.

Why are there so many anti-white people like you around? Whites bad, blacks okay. I suppose that if you had your racist way Kyle Rittenhouse would be in jail by now, eh? I know that I am on your blocked list so I know that you will not be replying to my post. Too bad, it would have been fun to debate you on this. Aw well. 🖕
 

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Always nice to hear from the developmental disability community.

No problem at all, chief. After all, aren't all we white folk mentally ill anyways. We mentally ill white folk just want to let you know that we are still around and still are trying to cause mayhem and chaos in the streets(like looting and rioting)for mentally sound anti-white racists like yourself to babble on about.

I often wonder as to why white people are always considered and made out to look oh so racist towards non-white people but yet non-white people from all over the world are legally and illegally wanting to move to and live in white racist countries around the world? They say that over two million nonwhites have crossed into America from Mexico. Why? Are they not scared of becoming victims from we the white folk mentally ill white racist bigots? There is just something that I am not getting about this picture? Care to comment, chief? 🤗
 

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Maybe because he is a black terrorist? Apparently, the black dude is very anti-white. That is good enough for the lying and fake leftist liberal American media. Only white people can be terrorists. All those white people that went to Washington on Jan. 6th were all deemed to be white racist terrorists. But yet, all those BLM and Antifa rioters and looters are all considered to be great loyal and patriotic Americans. Go figure, eh?
All white people are now to be seen pretty much as white terrorists. It's getting very dangerous to be a white person today. The white folk are being attacked from everywhere.

Maybe the white folk should take the covid advice and lock yourself down in their homes from possibly being killed. Not from covid but from the BLM and Antifa Marxist gangs that want old whitey gone. Just saying. 😷
 
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In the cases of a kid going nutzo after being bullied, would the actions of the bullies not fall under the same category?

As for kids and guns, I take it hunters do not take their kids hunting with them in Michigan?

I think it depends on how "direct" the jury will think the actions are.
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To conflate hunting and home defense with this kind of inability to tell your dick from your gun garbage is just throwing dust.

The laws of most states allow kids to possess firearms under supervision. And most of them have hunting exceptions.
 
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Michigan school shooting 'entirely preventable,' $100-million suit says
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Ethan Robert Crumbley, 15, charged with first-degree murder in a high school shooting, poses in a jail booking photograph taken at the Oakland County Jail in Pontiac, Mich., Dec. 1, 2021, in a combination photograph with his parents Jennifer Lynn Crumbley and James Robert Crumbley who were taken into custody Dec. 3, 2021.
Ethan Robert Crumbley, 15, charged with first-degree murder in a high school shooting, poses in a jail booking photograph taken at the Oakland County Jail in Pontiac, Mich., Dec. 1, 2021, in a combination photograph with his parents Jennifer Lynn Crumbley and James Robert Crumbley who were taken into custody Dec. 3, 2021. Photo by Oakland County Sheriff's Office /Handout via REUTERS
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A deadly shooting at a Michigan high school that authorities have said was carried out by a 15-year-old boy was “entirely preventable,” according to a lawsuit seeking $100 million in damages filed on Thursday against the school district and its officials on behalf of two sisters who survived the rampage.
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Four students were killed in the Nov. 30 shooting at Oxford High School in suburban Oakland County, some 48 kilometres northwest of Detroit. The suit faulted the school district’s superintendent and school principal for assuring parents of the school’s safety despite knowing of disturbing social media posts and an online ammunition search by the accused shooter.

Ethan Crumbley , a 15-year-old student, is being held without bail after being charged as an adult in the deadliest U.S. school shooting of 2021.

The 44-page lawsuit was filed in federal court on behalf of Riley Franz, 17, who was shot in the neck, and her sister Bella, 14, who was next to her at the time. Their parents, Jeffrey and Brandi Franz, also are plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
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Riley Franz was among the six students and a teacher seriously injured in the gunfire.

Crumbley’s parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, were charged with involuntary manslaughter and are being held in lieu of $500,000 bail. They gave him the gun as an early Christmas present and are accused of then ignoring warning signs that he was planning a shooting at the school.

The lawsuit was filed against Oxford Community School District, superintendent Timothy Throne, principal Steven Wolf, dean of students Ryan Moore, two unnamed teachers and two unnamed school counselors.

The district did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The lawsuit describes Riley as a 12th grade honour roll student preparing to enter college and Bella as a ninth grade athlete.
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“The horror of November 30, 2021 was entirely preventable,” said the lawsuit, filed by Michigan personal injury attorney Geoffrey Fieger. “Each and every defendant named herein created and increased the dangers then-existing at Oxford High School. The individually named Defendants are each responsible through their actions for making the student victims less safe.”

Among the accusations in the lawsuit were several detailing Ethan Crumbley’s threats of violence on social media as well as his using his cellphone to search for ammunition.

The lawsuit said that even though Throne and Wolf reviewed social media posts and were aware of the ammunition search reported by a teacher prior to the shooting, they improperly reassured all parents by email and other correspondence that their children were safe at Oxford, the lawsuit said. Similarly, students were assured there was no threat, it said.

“Plaintiff minors were safer before defendant Throne took action and advised each and every student, including plaintiff minors, that there was no credible threat,” the suit stated.

The lawsuit lists other actions by school employees including the failure to involve the campus safety officer in a meeting with Crumbley and his parents on the day of the shooting.
 

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Accused Michigan school shooter will pursue insanity defense: Court filing
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Ethan Crumbley, 15, charged with first-degree murder in a high school shooting, poses in a jail booking photograph taken at the Oakland County Jail in Pontiac, Michigan, U.S. December 1, 2021.
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The Michigan teenager charged with first-degree murder in the deadliest U.S. school shooting of 2021 will assert an insanity defense, his lawyers wrote in a court notice filed Thursday.

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Prosecutors say they intend to rebut the defense by Ethan Crumbley, a 15-year-old sophomore at a high school in Oxford, Michigan, who is charged with first-degree murder in the Nov. 30 shooting spree that killed four students.

Crumbley is being held without bond in an adult jail in Oakland County, although isolated from other inmates. Six other students and a teacher were also wounded in the shooting.

Crumbley’s lawyers, Paulette Michel Loftin and Amy Hopp, notified an Oakland County court that he “intends to assert the defense of insanity at the time of the alleged defense.”

Prosecuting attorney Karen D. McDonald wrote in a separate court notice: “Please take notice that if Defendant should successfully assert the defense of insanity, the prosecution gives notice of intent to rebut this claimed defense.”

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Also charged in the killings are his parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, who prosecutors say gave him a semi-automatic handgun as an early Christmas present and then ignored signs that he was planning a shooting at the school.

The parents, who have pleaded not guilty, are being held in the same county jail as their son in lieu of $500,000 bail each on charges of involuntary manslaughter.

In a new lawsuit filed Thursday in Oakland County, the parents of one of the students killed joined with others whose children had witnessed the shooting in alleging negligence by school officials and Crumbley’s parents.

Crumbley “exhibited some concerning, strange and bizarre behaviour which should have alerted his parents, as well as other people who had extensive contact with him, that he was suffering from significant psychiatric problems,” the lawsuit says.

A representative for the school, Oxford High School, and a lawyer for Crumbley’s parents were not immediately reachable for comment.
 

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Michigan judge orders parents of high-school shooter to stand trial
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Jennifer and James Crumbley, parents of accused Oxford High School gunman Ethan Crumbley, listen during a court procedural hearing in Rochester Hills, Mich., Feb. 24, 2022.
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A Michigan judge on Thursday ordered the parents of an accused teenage school shooter to stand trial on involuntary manslaughter charges, saying evidence showed they purchased their son a gun despite signs that he was a “troubled young man.”

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Rochester District Court Judge Julie Nicholson said prosecutors during a two-day preliminary hearing had presented sufficient cause for James and Jennifer Crumbley to stand trial.

The case appears to mark the first U.S. case in which the parents of a teenage school shooter have been charged in connection with crimes allegedly committed by their child.

Ethan Crumbley, 15, is charged with using the weapon his parents bought him as a Christmas gift to open fire at Oxford High School in Oakland County, Michigan, on Nov. 30, 2021. He has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges.

Four students were killed in the rampage and six other students and a teacher were wounded in the attack, the deadliest U.S. school shooting of 2021.

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James Crumbley, 45, and Jennifer Crumbley, 43, have pleaded not guilty in the case. Their attorneys argued during the preliminary hearing that prosecutors had not submitted sufficient evidence to bound them over for trial.

The Crumbleys both dabbed tears from their eyes during testimony in the case as they sat at the defence table wearing prison garb. Jennifer Crumbley appeared emotional as the judge issued her ruling.

At one point during Thursday’s proceedings a defence attorney read excerpts from Ethan Crumbley’s journal, in which the teen wrote: “I hope my parents can forgive me for what I do.”

The defence asserted that the journal entry proved the boy had not told his parents of his plans.

Prosecutor Marc Keast read for the court a text message that the teenager had sent to a friend, saying: “I actually asked my dad to take me to the doctor yesterday, but he just gave me some pills and told me to suck it up.”

Four days before the shooting, Ethan Crumbley accompanied his father to a gun shop, where James Crumbley bought a 9mm handgun, prosecutors said.

The next day his mother posted on social media that the father and son were at a gun range “testing out his new Christmas present,” according to prosecutors.
 

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Michigan teen pleads guilty to school shooting that left four students dead
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PONTIAC, Mich. — A teenager pleaded guilty Monday to terrorism and first-degree murder in a Michigan school shooting that killed four students and may be called to testify against his parents, who’ve been jailed on manslaughter charges for their alleged role in the tragedy.


Ethan Crumbley, 16, pleaded guilty to all 24 charges, nearly a year after the attack at Oxford High School in southeastern Michigan. In the gallery, some relatives of the victims wept as assistant prosecutor Marc Keast described the crimes.


“Yes,” Crumbley replied, looking down and nodding in affirmation, when asked if he “knowingly, willfully and deliberately” chose to shoot other students.

The prosecutor’s office said no deals were made ahead of Monday’s plea. A first-degree murder conviction typically brings an automatic life prison sentence in Michigan, but teenagers are entitled to a hearing where their lawyer can argue for a shorter term and an opportunity for parole.

“We are not aware of any other case, anywhere, in the country where a mass shooter has been convicted of terrorism on state charges,” Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said.


The teenager withdrew his intent to pursue an insanity defence, and repeatedly acknowledged under questioning by Judge Kwame Rowe that he understands the potential penalties.

His parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, are jailed on charges of involuntary manslaughter, accused of making the gun accessible to their son and ignoring his need for mental health treatment. Ethan Crumbley’s lawyer, Paulette Michel Loftin, said it’s possible he could be called upon to testify against them. She said they’re under a no-contact order, and he has not spoken to his parents.

Parents have rarely been charged in school shootings, though the guns used commonly come from the home of a parent or close relative. Jennifer Crumbley referred to the gun on social media as a “Christmas present” for her son.


Ethan Crumbley admitted under questioning Monday that his own money was used to purchase the gun, which his father bought for him on Nov. 26, a few days before the shooting. He also agreed that the gun was “not locked” in a container or safe the morning he took it to the school.

He was 15 at the time of the shootings and had no discipline issues at the school, roughly 30 miles (50 kilometres) north of Detroit, but his behaviour earlier that day raised flags.

A teacher had discovered a drawing with a gun pointing at the words: “The thoughts won’t stop. Help me.” There was an image of a bullet with the message: “Blood everywhere.”

The couple declined to take their son home on Nov. 30 but were told to get him into counseling within 48 hours, according to investigators.


Ethan Crumbley had brought a 9mm Sig Sauer handgun and 50 rounds of ammunition to school in his backpack that day. He went into a bathroom, pulled out the weapon and began shooting. Within minutes, deputies rushed in and he surrendered without resistance.

A day earlier, a teacher had seen Ethan Crumbley searching for ammunition on his phone. The school contacted Jennifer Crumbley, who told her son in a text message: “Lol. I’m not mad at you. You have to learn not to get caught,” the prosecutor’s office said.

Sheriff Michael Bouchard told reporters Monday that Ethan Crumbley still had 18 rounds of ammunition when he was arrested.

“It’s my belief he would have fired every one of those had he not been interrupted by deputies going immediately in,” said Bouchard who also called Ethan Crumbley “a twisted and evil person.”


“I hope he gets life without parole,” the sheriff added. “He has permanently taken lives away from four lovely souls and he’s permanently affected many, many more.”

Prosecutors earlier this year disclosed that Ethan Crumbley had hallucinations about demons and was fascinated by guns and Nazi propaganda.

“Put simply, they created an environment in which their son’s violent tendencies flourished. They were aware their son was troubled, and then they bought him a gun,” prosecutors said in a court filing.

His parents said they were unaware of their son’s plan to commit a school shooting. They also dispute that the gun was easy to grab at home.

Madisyn Baldwin, Tate Myre, Hana St. Juliana and Justin Shilling were killed, while six students and a teacher were wounded. In addition to the counts of first-degree murder and terrorism causing death, Ethan Crumbley admitted guilt to seven counts of assault with intent to murder and 12 counts of possessing a firearm in the commission of a felony.


The judge set Feb. 9 for the start of hearings to determine if he’ll be sentenced to life without parole or get a shorter sentence due to his age, and a chance at release. His lawyers will be able to argue a variety of mitigating circumstances, including family life and mental health. Prosecutors didn’t signal in court if they will argue for a no-parole sentence.

Loftin said the teenager is remorseful: “He’s taking accountability for his actions,” she said. As for the victims, she said “I don’t think there are any words that could make them feel any better.”

Meghan Gregory, whose son, Keegan, was hiding in a school bathroom with Justin Shilling when Shilling was fatally shot, told reporters after the hearing that it was tough to see Crumbley for the first time in person.


She said her son did not want to attend, but did ask for a link to the livestream so he could watch the hearing from afar.

“He struggles with the thought of being in the same room,” Gregory said. “I mean, he was held hostage by him for almost six minutes.”

Detroit attorney Ven Johnson, who is suing the Oxford school district and the Crumbley family on behalf of several victims’ families, said Monday’s plea “is one small step forward on a long path towards obtaining full justice for our clients.”

“We will continue to fight until the truth is revealed about what went wrong leading up to this tragedy, and who, including Crumbley’s parents and multiple Oxford Community Schools employees, could have and should have prevented it,” Johnson’s statement said.

Wolf Mueller, another lawyer representing victims’ families, said it was “pretty incredible to hear” and “a stunning development” that Ethan Crumbley acknowledged he purchased the gun with his own money.

“It was cold-blooded what he did,” Mueller said. “And, while he may have been dealt a bad set of cards with the parents, it’s still a choice that he made to do the harm and bring the tragedy to Oxford.”

— Williams reported from West Bloomfield, Michigan.
 

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Why, because of the centuries of discrimination and oppression suffered by White men in North America, of course.

Phuk off with your anti-white leftist liberal bullshit racism. In today's world it is the white people that are starting to see racism being enacted towards them these days. White folk are now being treated as nothing more than a bunch of systemic racists. We see competent white people being denied a good job or promotion just so a minority of some non-whites can get the job or promotion even though those non-whites are qualified to do the job.

All thanks to those communist programs and agendas called multiculturalism and diversity and equality. All anti-white genocidal agendas to destroy and eliminate the white race as much as possible. Our own massive third world immigration Canadian policy now discriminates against white immigration. Approx. 80% of all of our new immigrants and refugees are now all coming from non-white countries. A sure recipe for white genocide. The white people in Canada are starting to lose their own white homeland. But you love to hear about that don't you, chief? Hey, with you, the less white people around the better, eh? This is also happening in America where white people are starting to become a minority in their own white homeland.

The fight for white survival must start now before it becomes too late. White people need to stand up and not be afraid to say that they are proud to be white and proud of their white race. After all, why not do so? Other races of non-whites are doing the same thing. Many of those non-whites are now starting to show their own disdain and hatred for white people. This needs to end now or otherwise we as a white people will become a minority in their own white homeland and then are not going to like what will surely happen to them. The white people will be treated as 2nd class citizen's and treated like shit. Believe it or not.

When one watches MSNBC all those so-called black announcers and reporters do is always attack and mock their own white viewers constantly. And what is even really maddening about it all is that those white idiots that watch MSNBC every day support this anti-white racism and go along with it. How can there be so many white stupid and stunned people out there who obviously show that they hate their own white race? These white guilt-ridden lefty liberals are a danger to our white race survival. It's wakey-wakey time, white folk. :unsure:
 

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Michigan school shooter who killed 4 was not mentally ill, doctor tells court
Ethan Crumbley, now 17, pleaded guilty to murder, terrorism and other crimes

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PONTIAC, Mich. — A teenager who killed four students at a Michigan school in 2021 was not mentally ill at the time and understood the tragic consequences of his actions, a psychiatrist testified Friday as prosecutors tried to bolster their argument that a life prison sentence fits the mass shooting.


“I can absolutely understand how it would be difficult to imagine how a sane person could commit mass murder,” said Dr. Lisa Anacker, who evaluates criminal defendants at a state psychiatric hospital. “But the research does show us that mental illness does not account for most of the violence in our country.”


She said Ethan Crumbley, who was 15 at the time, communicated clearly with police immediately after the Oxford High School shooting, followed commands and showed no signs of bizarre behavior.

A reference to “demons” in a video that he made on the eve of the shooting was a reference to his “idol,” a Florida school shooter, not himself, Anacker said.

“I asked the defendant if he was hallucinating at the time of the shooting. He told me he was not,” she testified.


Anacker appeared at the fourth and final day of a hearing to determine whether the teenager will get a life sentence. An immediate decision was not expected.

Crumbley, now 17, pleaded guilty to murder, terrorism and other crimes. Because of his age, he can’t automatically be given a life prison term. Oakland County Judge Kwame Rowe must consider his maturity, mental health, tumultuous family life and other factors set by the U.S. Supreme Court.

His attorneys are arguing that he can be rehabilitated while in prison and should receive a sentence giving him an opportunity for parole some day.

“Ethan’s brain is still maturing,” psychologist Colin King said on Aug. 1.

King said the shooter was like a “feral child” because of his home life and mentally ill when he attacked students and staff at Oxford High.


Rowe still can order a life sentence, but it would be rare for a Michigan teen. Crumbley otherwise would face a minimum prison sentence between 25 years and 40 years, followed by eligibility for parole.

James and Jennifer Crumbley are separately charged with involuntary manslaughter. They are accused of buying a gun for their son and ignoring his mental health.

During previous days of testimony, prosecutors focused on the chilling details of the crime. Ethan Crumbley had made a video, declaring in blunt words what he would do the next day at this school.

The judge listened to eyewitness accounts from four people, including a staff member who was wounded and a student who saved a wounded girl. Besides the deaths of four students, seven other people were shot.

There were opportunities to prevent the tragedy. No one checked the shooter’s backpack for a gun that day, although he was pulled into a meeting with his parents and school staff because of his violent drawings. He was allowed to remain in school.
 

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Michigan teen shooter eligible for life in prison, no parole, for killing 4 students, judge rules
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DETROIT — A teenager who killed four fellow students at Michigan’s Oxford High School is eligible for life in prison with no chance for parole, a judge ruled Friday, finding only a “slim” chance for rehabilitation after the 2021 attack.


Judge Kwame Rowe announced the decision over video conference, weeks after hearing from experts who clashed over Ethan Crumbley’s mental health and witnesses who described the terror of the day in sharp detail.


He will be sentenced in Oakland County court on Dec. 8, a day when survivors and families can tell the judge about how the shooting affected their lives.

First-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence for adults in Michigan. But the shooter was 15 at the time, which now gives the judge options: life in prison or a shorter term — somewhere from 25 years to 40 years at a minimum — and an eventual opportunity for freedom.


At Friday’s hearing, the burden was on prosecutors to show that a life sentence would not be an unfair punishment for a minor. Rowe said they had cleared that hurdle.


“This crime is not the result of impetuosity or recklessness,” Rowe said. “Nor does the crime reflect the hallmarks of youth. Defendant carefully and meticulously planned and carried out the shooting.”

The judge said the teen had downloaded a school map, figured out the likely police response time to a shooting and also researched where Michigan teens are placed in prison.

Prosecutor Karen McDonald, who is seeking a life sentence, said she hopes the judge’s ruling brings “some comfort” to the Oxford community ahead of the final hearing in December.

Crumbley, now 17, and his defence team listened to the decision while in the county jail. The lawyers declined to comment as they walked out.

“The judge still has the option of a term of years,” said Detroit-area defence lawyer Margaret Raben, who is not involved in the case. “Is it a foregone conclusion that he’ll get life without parole? No.”


The shooter pleaded guilty to murder, terrorism and other crimes. The teen and his parents met with school staff on the day of the shooting after a teacher noticed violent drawings. But no one checked his backpack for a gun and he was allowed to stay.

The shooter’s lawyers had argued that he was in a devastating spiral by fall 2021 after being deeply neglected by his parents, who bought a gun and took him to a shooting range to try it. A psychologist, Colin King, described him as a “feral child,” though the judge disagreed.

Defence attorney Paulette Michel Loftin said Crumbley deserves an opportunity for parole some day after his “sick brain” is fixed through counseling and rehabilitation.

Rowe, however, is not convinced so far, saying the possibility for rehabilitation “is slim.”


The shooter “continues to be obsessed with violence and could not stop his obsession even while incarcerated at the jail,” the judge said, noting he accessed violent content on an electronic device even while in custody, violating jail rules.

“As defendant’s own expert stated, the defendant has to be the one who wants to change if he is to be rehabilitated,” Rowe said. “Evidence does not demonstrate to the court that he wants to change.”

There is no dispute that the shooter kept a journal and wrote about his desire to watch students suffer and the likelihood that he would spend his life in prison. He made a video with his phone on the eve of shooting, declaring what he would do the next day.

“I’m sorry the families have to go through this,” he said.

He killed Madisyn Baldwin, Tate Myre, Hana St. Juliana and Justin Shilling at Oxford High, about 60 kilometres north of Detroit. Six students and a teacher were also wounded.

In the adult wing of the jail, segregated from their son, James and Jennifer Crumbley are charged with involuntary manslaughter. They are accused of making a gun accessible at home and ignoring their son’s mental health.

— AP reporter Corey Williams in Pontiac, Mich., contributed to this story.
 
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Parents will stand trial in 2021 Michigan school shooting that killed 4 students
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Published Oct 03, 2023 • Last updated 1 day ago • 2 minute read

DETROIT (AP) — The parents of a teenager who killed four students at Michigan’s Oxford High School lost an appeal Tuesday and will face trial on involuntary manslaughter charges, a rare case of prosecutors attempting to pin some responsibility for a school shooting on the perpetrator’s family.


James and Jennifer Crumbley are accused of making a gun accessible to Ethan Crumbley and ignoring his mental health needs. The state appeals court said in March that the couple could face trial, and the Michigan Supreme Court let that decision stand in a one-sentence order.


Prosecutors in suburban Detroit had to show only that there was probable cause to put the parents on trial, a low threshold at this stage. The appeals court noted that an Oakland County jury will hear a more expansive case from all sides.

The shooter killed Madisyn Baldwin, Tate Myre, Hana St. Juliana and Justin Shilling at Oxford High, about 40 miles (60 kilometers) north of Detroit, in November 2021. Six students and a teacher were also wounded.


Ethan Crumbley pleaded guilty to terrorism and murder. A judge last week said he is eligible for life in prison without parole.

Attorneys for the parents insist the school shooting was not foreseeable. They acknowledge that bad decisions were made but not ones that should rise to involuntary manslaughter, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 15 years.

The teen and his parents met with school staff the day of the shooting after a teacher noticed violent drawings, but no one checked his backpack for a gun. He was allowed to stay.

The 17-year-old, who was 15 at the time of the shooting, will be sentenced Dec. 8. The judge will have the option of giving him a prison term that would make him eligible for parole in the decades ahead.


The Crumbley parents have been in custody since shortly after the shooting, unable to afford a $500,000 bond. Their son is in the same jail, though they have no contact with him.

Defense lawyers declined to comment on the Supreme Court’s order, citing a gag order.

In Newport News, Virginia, the mother of a 6-year-old boy who wounded a teacher recently pleaded guilty to child neglect. The boy had used her gun.

In the Michigan case, Colin King, a psychologist who has met with the teen, described him as a “feral child” who was neglected by his parents. Judge Kwame Rowe said his home life was “not ideal,” with his parents often drinking alcohol and arguing, but “not terrible.”

The teen “appeared to have a loving and supportive family,” Rowe said Friday. “He went on family vacations, owned several pets and had visits from family. … In defendant’s own words, his childhood was ‘good.”’