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Parents of Michigan school shooter charged with involuntary manslaughter

21:42, 03 December 2021
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James and Jennifer Crumbley have got four counts, respectively of the number of victims made by their son Ethan during Tuesday’s Oxford School attack.

Prosecutor Karen McDonald announced during a press conference on Friday that law enforcement was going to take legal action against the parents of Ethan Crumbley who had killed 4 fellow students in a shooting in Michigan Oxford School carried out on Tuesday.

James and Jennifer Crumbley have been charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter as prosecutors state that 15-year-old Ethan took possession of his father’s weapon and brought it to school.

As it follows from the accusations, shortly before the attack Ethan had a counseling session together with his parents and school representatives and returned to classes afterward. Since he did not leave school in the period preceding the shooting, prosecutors say that the parents failed to check their son’s backpack and hide the recently bought gun.

“There are other individuals who contributed to this shooting. It's my intention to hold them accountable. I have shared previously and I will reiterate today that gun ownership is a right and with that right, comes great responsibility,” McDonald said.

Acme Shooting Goods shop employees have confirmed to police officers that Ethan accompanied his dad when the latter bought a Sig Sauer 9mm model SP 2022 so the teenager knew how to get a weapon.

Besides, on November 21, five days before the assault, Ethan was searching on Internet where to buy ammunition for the gun, which was revealed by a teacher who later contacted his parents and warned about the incident.

“School personnel indicate they followed that voicemail up with an e-mail but received no response from either parent," McDonald unveiled adding that Jennifer responded, “lol, I'm not mad at you, you have to learn not to get caught”.

The 15-year-old has been charged with four first-degree murder counts, seven counts of assault with intent to murder, and 12 firearm possession counts, and terrorism. If convicted, the boy is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison.