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January 1, BREAKING: Parents Charged in Michigan School Shooting



The parents of the 15-year-old charged in the Oxford High School shooting have been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Jennifer and James Crumbley, the parents of Ethan Crumbley, both face four counts of involuntary manslaughter, Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald announced on Friday. If convicted, they could face up to 15 years in prison.

“All I can say at this point is those actions on mom and dad’s behalf go far beyond negligence,” McDonald said Thursday ahead of the charges.

Investigators said James Crumbley purchased the semi-automatic gun last week and gave it to his son.

“The parents were the only individuals in the position to know the access to weapons,” McDonald said on Thursday, ahead of the charges. She noted the gun “seems to have been just freely available to that individual.”

Behind the charges

At a news conference on Friday, McDonald announced the charges against the parents and revealed the details that led to them.

“While the shooter was the one who entered the high school and pulled the trigger, there are other individuals who contributed to the events on November 30, and it’s my intention to hold them accountable as well,” McDonald said. “It’s imperative we prevent this from happening again. No other parent or community should have to live through this nightmare.”

McDonald said that Crumbley’s parents were summoned to the school after a teacher found — and took a photo of — a drawing of a semi-automatic gun pointing at the words “the thoughts won’t stop, help me.” In another section of the paper was a drawing of a bullet below the words “blood everywhere.”

The paper also included a picture of a bleeding person who’d been shot twice. “Below that figure is a drawing of a laughing emoji,” the prosecutor said.

Crumbley’s parents were immediately summoned to the school, and a school counselor removed the shooter from his classroom, bringing him to the office with his backpack.

“The counselor had obtained the drawing, but the shooter had already altered it,” McDonald said. The shooter had “scratched out” the bullet, gun, and troubling words.

The parents were shown the drawing and advised they were required to get their son into counseling within 48 hours.

McDonald said the parents “failed to ask their son if he had his gun with him or where his gun was located and failed to inspect his backpack for the presence of the gun, which he had with him.” And they also “resisted the idea of their son leaving the school at that time.”

Ethan Crumbley was returned to the classroom and later emerged from a bathroom, firing a gun at students.

McDonald said Jennifer Crumbley sent a text to her son after the news of an active shooter at Oxford High School became public. The text said, “Ethan, don’t do it.”

Fifteen minutes later, James Crumbley called 911 to report that a gun was missing from his home, and he believed his son might be the active shooter. The prosecutor said, “the SIG Sauer 9mm handgun purchased by James Crumbley was stored unlocked in a draw in James and Jennifer’s bedroom.”

“I want to be really clear that these charges are intended to hold the individuals who contributed to this tragedy accountable, and also send a message that gun owners have a responsibility. When they fail to uphold that responsibility, there are serious and criminal consequences,” McDonald said.


Prosecutor: Michigan school shooting suspect wrote ‘help me’



  1. RichD

    December 3, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    The school administrators are also responsible. These are clear signs. In the Boy Scouts (lwhere eaders are Mandatory Reporters), we must call 911, the Scout Executive, and make sure that the parents are notified. The drawings were enough. If we are not sure, we are instructed to err on the side of caution. We also must have security clearances.

  2. PATTY

    December 4, 2021 at 12:42 am


    • militarywife

      December 4, 2021 at 1:33 am

      When my spouse was young (10), he would walk down to the local store with a rifle in his hands, buy a box of bullets, and head out in the desert to shoot sagebrush. That was common. NO SHOOTINGS. Trucks all over had rifles hanging in their windows—even at the schools. NO SHOOTINGS. my grandparents had a closet in the hallway that had guns and ammo in it. We knew never to go into that closet. We didn’t —-and there were six kids (we knew we would get our butts whipped). Do you honestly think it is the gun and access to it OR the kids today are spoiled, undisciplined, no manners, no responsibility, no ethics………………..
      Lousy parenting? yes. But that goes to most parents these days.

    • Robin

      December 4, 2021 at 3:20 am

      I was ‘provided’ (given) a single shot, .22 caliber rifle, when I was five years old. Fifty four years later, I have never shot at a human! My father enlisted in the U.S. military, about a year, before WWII began for the U.S.A. Like most U.S. ‘Service Men’, my father ‘left’ the U.S. Military, shortly after Japan Surrendered at the conclusion of WWII. My father also ‘grew up’ a ‘hunter’ / target shooter. I also ‘grew up’ a ‘hunter’ / target shooter. It is not an irresponsible act, to teach a child (anyone) how to ‘safely’ (properly) handle a “GUN”. More over, it is the lack of proper teaching / lack of proper firearm safety training, that has been the result of many a firearm ‘tragedy’. Let alone the tragedies caused by those with a ‘cognitive problem’ (like in this most recent case). People (responsible people) who well understand that (in most cases) not to ‘shoot’ people, etc… Every ‘responsible’ gun owner, gun user, well knows such! Just like those who drive a car, truck, airplane, boat, etc… unfortunately, there is little advance deterrent, to stop a person, from harming another, etc… More people die from irresponsible driving, than from irresponsible firearm use.

  3. Jay

    December 4, 2021 at 1:55 am

    I was equally amazed that the school witnessed and reacted to all the signs of a problematic student… How many times have we heard the same findings in a student notebook after the fact. The school had all the evidence of a troubled mind laid out before them. The parents are liable. Agreed. The school is equally liable, if not more so.

  4. Let’s Go

    December 4, 2021 at 2:41 am

    How can the parents be responsible for a gun that was kept in their bedroom drawer being used in a crime of this magnitude? How can a child be called to the counselor and the principal’s office, yet no one search him or his backpack? If the parents are guilty should not the other adult leaders that encountered him be guilty as well? These cases always have more details than we will ever know, but this sounds like a stretch to me. I will not even mention that we have a “movie star” that has killed two people still doing TV interviews. He has not even been jailed for the murders he committed. Come on America!!

  5. Gary

    December 4, 2021 at 4:48 am

    I see nothing wrong with a teen getting a pistol or rifle at this age, I got my first rifle at eleven yrs. old, but if he had these kinds of problems his parents had to know that he should not be allowed to have access to weapons.
    As sad as it is, I believe they need to be prosecuted.

  6. Frank E Allen

    December 4, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    I must agree that not only should the parents of the shooter be held accountable for allowing the boy to have access to a gun, but the school officials should be held accountable for negligence by not inspecting the shooter’s locker and backpack, and other personal items to ensure that he did not possess a gun. They also should have been diligent in pursuing what he meant by his drawings by bringing in a psychiatrist to evaluate the boy and/or by reporting the drawings to the police and having the police come to the school to interrogate the boy. They should be suspended without pay until there is an investigation into their own actions and negligence. Have people learned nothing from past school shootings? Why have they not proactively put more measures in place to ensure that no child comes into the school carrying a weapon?

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