On Thursday, a Michigan prosecutor formally charged the mother and father of a 15-year-old high schooler accused of fatally shooting four students on Tuesday.
Ethan Crumbley, 15, has been charged as an adult for the shooting at Oxford High School. On Thursday, Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said his parents, Jennifer and James Crumbley, are charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the deadly mass shooting that also left seven injured.
“The parents were the only individuals in the position to know the access to weapons,” McDonald said, according to the Baltimore Sun.
The prosecutor said the gun Ethan Crumbley used to carry out the deadly shooting “seems to have been just freely available to that individual.” James Crumbley allegedly purchased the gun his son used in the attack on Black Friday.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Oakland County police Lieutenant Tim Willis said they recovered videos from Ethan Crumbley’s phone — including one from a day before the shooting — in which the teen talked about killing students the following day at his high school. Willis also said they have his journal, which also detailed his plans to kill students.
Ethan Crumbley is charged with terrorism, first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder, and gun violations. He remains jailed without bond.
WJXT reported that on the day of the shooting, Jennifer and James Crumbley, along with Ethan, met with school leaders on the day of the shooting amid concerns of possible violence. It is unclear why the teen was allowed to return to class.
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[Featured image: Ethan Crumbley/Oakland County Sheriff’s Office ]