(PONTIAC, Mich.) – A Michigan prosecutor filed an involuntary manslaughter charge Friday against the parents of a teenager accused of killing four students at Oxford High School, after the former that said their actions “far exceeded negligence”.
Jennifer and James Crumbley were charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter. Under Michigan law, involuntary manslaughter can be prosecuted if prosecutors believe someone contributed to a high-fatal or hazardous situation. If convicted, they could face up to 15 years in prison.
“Parents are the only people in this position who know access to firearms,” Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said Thursday. The gun “appears to be freely available to that individual only.”
Ethan Crumbley, 15, has been charged as an adult with two dozen counts, including murder, attempted murder and terrorism, for Tuesday’s shooting at Oxford High School in Oakland County, about a block from Detroit. about 30 miles (50 km) north.
Four students were killed and seven others were injured. Three people are at the hospital in stable condition.
According to investigators, the semi-automatic gun was legally purchased by Crumbley’s father last week.
Parents in the United States are rarely charged with school shootings involving their children, even when most minors take guns from the home of a parent or relative, according to experts. family. There is no Michigan law that requires gun owners to keep weapons away from children. However, McDonald’s proposes that there’s more to building a case.
“All I can say at this point is that the actions taken on behalf of the father and mother go beyond negligence,” she told WJR-AM. “Clearly we are prosecuting the shooter to the fullest extent… There are other individuals responsible.”
Later at a press conference, McDonald’s said she expects an announcement “in the next 24 hours.” She made sure that Crumbley’s parents were under surveillance when she filed a complaint against their son Wednesday.
Police Chief Mike Bouchard revealed Wednesday that parents met with school officials about their son’s classroom behavior, just hours before the shooting. McDonald’s said information about what has plagued the school “will most likely come to light soon.”
Crumbley remained at the school Tuesday and then rushed out of the bathroom with a gun, shooting at students in the hallway, police said.
The superintendent late Thursday posted a YouTube Videos where he said the teen was called to the office before the shooting but “no discipline was given.”
Tim Throne, leader of Oxford Community School, said the high school looked like a “war zone” and would not be ready for weeks. But he repeatedly credited students and staff with how they responded to the violence.
“To say I am still shocked and numb is probably an understatement. The events that have happened will not define us,” said Throne, whose face was contorted and slow to speak, in the 12-minute video.
“I want you to know that there was a lot of talk about the student being arrested, that he was called to the office and all that. No discipline is guaranteed,” said Throne. “There are no disciplinary records in high school. Yes, this student contacted our office, and, yes, his parents were on campus on November 30th.”
Throne said he could not immediately disclose additional details.
White reports from Detroit. Related press Detroit journalist Mike Householder also contributed to this report.
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