Another Fatal School Shooting Takes Place in Michigan

Another Fatal School Shooting Takes Place in Michigan

Jacob Bryant

Before I start reporting on this story, my prayers go out to all of the families of the victims who where injured or killed in Tuesday’s school shooting.

The nation was in disbelief Tuesday afternoon when a shooter open fire at Oxford High School in Michigan. As of the time I am writing this article, four people have died and seven others have been wounded.  They have identified the shooter as Ethan Crumbley, a 15- year-old sophomore who attended Oxford High. He is being tried as an adult and  the charges are as follows: four counts of first-degree murder, one count of terrorism causing death, seven counts of assault with intent to murder, with an additional 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

With all of these charges, Ethan Crumbley is facing life in prison, but he is not the only one who is facing charges in this tragedy. James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of the accused, are facing four charges of involuntary man slaughter.  James Crumbley purchased the weapon for his son a few days prior to the shooting and posted about the fire arm on his social media. Ethan Crumbley’s mother, Jennifer, also posted on her social media, posting the target practice he and his father went on the weekend prior to the shooting.

The parents where alerted on the previous Friday that their son had been drawing disturbing images on his desk, when the parents where speaking with the counselor, no one inspected his bag to see if he had the firearm and he was allowed back into the class.

According to the “New York Post” Crumbley tried to change the picture, but his teacher had already taken a picture of it. To make matters worse he got in trouble at school and his mother was quoted as saying, “…you have to learn how to not get caught.” The parents where also cited as telling Ethan not to talk to any officials.

The parents had attempted to leave town, but where stopped in Detroit.  Lead prosecutor Karen McDonald was quoted in ” The New York Post” as saying, “I want to be really clear that these charges are meant to hold the individuals who contributed to this tragedy accountable and also send a message that gun owners have a responsibility.” She is saying that a lot of people need to be held accountable for this tragedy.

To circle back to the parents how could you not have the common sense to act and get your child some sort of mental evaluation or help. And as parents when the school is recommending you to take your child home for the safety if just not himself but for the other students and you don’t do it that is a huge problem.  And leaving a gun within easy reach of your 15 year old child there is just so much that is wrong with this situation. For the school I would have sent him him regardless and he wouldn’t be allowed to return until he has a clear mental evaluation.  There has yet to be an official court date for any members of the family but as soon as they come up I will keep you guys posted.