Parents of Michigan School Shooter Face Charges
Parents of Michigan School Shooter Face Charges
December 3, 2021
James and Jennifer Crumbley are the parents of Ethan Crumbley, the 15-year-old Michigan boy who shot up his high school on Tuesday. They’re also in deep doo-doo, because not only are they charged with manslaughter, but they’re also on the run.
BREAKING: Police still searching for parents of suspected Oxford High School shooter after a prosecutor charged them with involuntary manslaughter – WDIV
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) December 3, 2021
Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said the Crumbley’s attorney had agreed to arrange their arrest, but they’ve now disappeared. Bouchard wrote in a statement:
“The action of fleeing and ignoring their attorney certainly adds weight to the charges. They cannot run from their part in this tragedy.”
So their kid is in prison, wearing a suicide vest, facing charges of murder, attempted murder, and even terrorism, and they run. Not exactly Parents of the Year, are they?
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But then again, the details that Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald revealed are also shocking.
In a press conference she explained why her office is charging the parents with four counts of involuntary manslaughter. Under Michigan law, prosecutors can file such charges against individuals who have contributed to a situation where the probability of harm or death is high. McDonald cited the following reasons for filing charges:
Despite all this, Ethan’s parents refused to take him home and left him at school. Then, at 12:51, Ethan opened fire and killed four students. A half-hour after the shooting, Jennifer Crumbley texted her son, pleading with him “Don’t do it.” At 1:37, James Crumbley called 911 to report the gun missing. He also said the his son might have it.
At first I didn’t know how to react to the news that parents would be charged with the crimes of their offspring. That’s setting a dangerous precedent for overreach by the state, I thought. Plus, while Ethan took the gun from the home, Michigan apparently has no law that requires parents to lock up weapons.
But in this case, I also have questions. Was the family in denial about Ethan’s cry for help? Jennifer Crumbley, in a long open letter she wrote to Donald Trump in 2016, talked about Ethan’s struggles with math, which she blamed on Common Core. Ethan’s older half-brother, Eli, just couldn’t understand why Ethan went on a shooting rampage:
“The Ethan I knew was just a smart boy who just seemed like an average kid. There was nothing that ever stood out to me. He’d never get suspended from school, or detention.”
“He didn’t suffer depression or anything like that. He woke up happy, went to school, came home and played games.”
Obviously, Ethan did suffer from depression — and probably more. Why else would have have written “help me?” on his note? Maybe his parents did notice some things wrong with their son, but avoided dealing with them, instead preferring to blame his troubles on things like Common Core. They gave their troubled son a gun as a Christmas gift. And finally, they refused to take him out of school when his teacher presented evidence of his very disturbed mind.
These people are negligent with a capital N.
So now, as of this writing, his loving parents are on the run from authorities, once again failing Ethan when he needs help the most.
Yes, James and Jennifer Crumbley absolutely deserve the charges that prosecutor McDonald has filed against them.
UPDATE: Detroit police arrested James and Jennifer Crumbley late Friday night. They were hiding in the basement of a commercial building in Detroit. Someone had provided them the hideout, and may also face charges.
NOW: Detroit Police Chief James E. White confirms arrest of James and Jennifer Crumbley, parents of alleged Oxford shooter Ethan Crumbley, 15, on the city’s east side.
— Detroit Police News (@detroitpolice) December 4, 2021
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