Tuesday, January 18

American high school shooting: the shooter’s parents charged with manslaughter

A student remembers the victims of the shooting at a high school in Oxford, Michigan on November 30, 2021 JEFF KOWALSKY

The parents of the teenager who opened fire at a high school in the north of the United States were charged on Friday with manslaughter for allowing their son to use the weapon he killed four students with, a rare decision by the United States. American justice.

15-year-old Ethan Crumbley “is the one who walked into high school and pulled the trigger” but “other people contributed to this event and I intend to hold them to account”, Oakland County District Attorney Karen McDonald said.

Shootings remain a recurring scourge in the United States, claiming many victims in a country where the right to own guns is constitutionally guaranteed. But lawsuits against relatives of their perpetrators are extremely rare.

“I expect parents and everyone to show humanity and act to stop a potential tragedy,” said McDonald.

James Crumbley had bought the semi-automatic pistol used by his son the previous Friday, the day of the big “Black Friday” promotions.

After the purchase, the teenager practiced shooting and posted images of the gun on social media, making it clear that it belonged to him.

On the day of the shooting, Ethan Crumbley was summoned with his parents by the administration of high school in Oxford, a small town in Michigan, after writing a post about suicide and death: “Help me, my life is useless , the world is dead, blood everywhere “.

– False alerts –

“To think that a parent could read these words knowing that their son had access to a lethal weapon he had given him is incomprehensible, and I think it is a crime,” said the prosecutor.

She also blames the parents for not asking their son if he had his gun on him that day, or where it was, when the gun was in his backpack and he was allowed to go. go back to class.

Two hours after this meeting, he opened fire when he got out of the toilets, methodically progressing in the halls of the school and in particular pulling on the doors of the classes where the students had barricaded themselves. He fired at least 30 bullets.

According to the police, he had aimed at random, without choosing previously identified victims.

On the news of a high school shooting, Jennifer Crumbley had sent a message to her son, writing “Ethan, do not do it”.

Four students died and six others were injured, as well as a teacher in the shooting which caused a trauma in this city north of Detroit.

The shooter went to the police without resistance. He was charged with “terrorist act” and “murder,” and faces up to life in prison for being prosecuted as an adult.

His motives remain a mystery because he has not explained himself since his arrest and has chosen to remain silent during his appearance. He pleaded not guilty when he appeared before a judge on Wednesday.

He is incarcerated in Pontiac prison where he is held in solitary confinement.

Since the tragedy, the Michigan authorities have been “inundated” with messages of threats against schools in this state, creating a climate of psychosis among the population.

More than 60 schools have been closed statewide due to “threatening behavior,” according to Oakland County police, adding that most of the threats were bogus.


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