A prosecutor in Michigan filed involuntary manslaughter charges Friday against the parents of a boy who is accused of killing four students at Oxford High School, after saying earlier that their actions went “far beyond negligence.”
Prosecutor Karen McDonald announced that Jennifer and James Crumbley were charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter. Under Michigan law, an involuntary manslaughter charge can be pursued if prosecutors believe someone contributed to a situation where harm or death was high. If convicted, they could face up to 15 years in prison. Their son, Ethan Crumbley, 15, was charged as an adult on Tuesday with two dozen crimes, including murder, attempted murder, and terrorism, for the deadliest school shooting since Parkland. The semi-automatic gun was purchased legally by Crumbley’s father last week, according to investigators.
Along with the four students who were killed, seven more people were injured during Crumbley’s shooting rampage. Three were in hospitals in stable condition.
Good: A prosecutor has filed involuntary manslaughter charges against the parents of a 15-year-old accused of killing four students and wounding seven other people at a Michigan high school.
Hold the parents accountable.
— bennydiego🇺🇸🏳️🌈 (@bennydiego) December 3, 2021
Parents in the U.S. are rarely charged in connection with school shootings involving their children, even as most minors get guns from a parent or relative’s house, according to experts. Crumbley’s parents had been summoned to meet with the school’s principal a few hours earlier after a teacher found a drawing of a gun, a person bleeding and the words “help me.” Crumbley stayed in school Tuesday and later emerged from a bathroom with a gun, firing at students in the hallway, police said.
PRESS CONFERENCE: "Gun ownership is a right, and with that right comes great responsibility," Karen McDonald, Oakland County prosecutor. She says both parents of the high school shooter are being charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter.
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) December 3, 2021
There’s no Michigan law that requires gun owners to keep weapons locked away from children. Prosecutor McDonald, however, suggested there’s more to build a case on. All I can say at this point is those actions on mom and dad’s behalf go far beyond negligence,” she told Detroit news radio statiom WJR-AM. “We obviously are prosecuting the shooter to the fullest extent. … There are other individuals who should be held accountable.”
The Michigan prosecutor just did what needed to be done with the filing of involuntary manslaughter charges against the parents in the Oxford school shooting. These parents are responsible along with their son for the murder of 4 teenagers.
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) December 3, 2021
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