Michigan school shooting: Parents of gunman charged with manslaughter

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The parents of a suspect in deadly shooting at a Michigan high school are facing charges of their own.

Oakland County prosecutors have accused James and Jennifer Crumbley of manslaughter and have reported several negligent acts they have taken.

Authorities say Ethan Crumbley used his father’s gun during an uproar in Oxford about 60 km north of Detroit this week.

He has pleaded not guilty to several counts, including terrorism.

Four people were killed, and seven were injured in Tuesday’s shooting.

The victims were named Tate Myre, 16; Madisyn Baldwin, 17; Hana St Juliana, 14; and Justin Shilling, 17.

On Friday, Oakland County Chief Prosecutor Karen McDonald admitted that it was unusual to charge parents for a child’s alleged crime, but the facts of the case were “atrocious.”

According to his official investigation, the boy was with his father last Friday when Mr Crumbley bought the firearm believed to have been used in the shooting.

Investigators said Mr and Mrs Crumbley had been contacted about their son’s behaviour, including several drawings of guns and bloody people and legends like “Thoughts Won’t Stop” and “Blood Everywhere.”

A teacher once found the teenager searching for “ammunition” on his cell phone during class. School staff were reportedly unable to contact her parents, but in a text exchange with her mother, she later said: “LOL, I’m not mad at you.

You have to learn not to get caught.” Ms McDonald said the charge is to hold the Crumbleys accountable and send a message about responsible gun ownership.

“The idea that a father could read these words and also know that his son had access to a deadly weapon he gave him is unconscious and criminal,” he said.

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