Teenager’s parents accused Kill four students This week they were charged with manslaughter at a high school in Michigan, USA, after officials accused the couple of allowing their son access to the gun used in the shooting.
Jennifer and James Crubley were charged with four counts of manslaughter on Friday.
According to Michigan law, if the prosecutor believes that someone has contributed to a high-injury or death situation, it can be prosecuted for involuntary manslaughter. If convicted, they could face up to 15 years in prison.
Oakland County Attorney Karen MacDonald told reporters on Friday: “These allegations are designed to hold the individual responsible for this tragedy accountable and to convey a message that gun owners are responsible.”
“When they fail to fulfill this responsibility, there will be serious criminal consequences.”
15-year-old Ethan Crumbley faces multiple charges, including terrorism and murder, after authorities said he shot at a high school in Oxford, north of Detroit, on Tuesday. Kill four and wound seven.
The authorities issued an arrest warrant for the fugitives. They were originally scheduled to appear in court on Friday afternoon, but they are still at large.The parents’ lawyer told them Detroit News The newspaper stated that the couple “did not evade law enforcement” and will appear in court for trial.
Based on evidence found in his mobile phone and social media accounts, the prosecutor said the gunman planned the attack.
Investigators also stated earlier this week that the guns used in the attack were purchased by the suspect’s father on November 26, just a few days before the attack. The prosecutor said that James Crumbley brought Ethan with him when he bought the pistol.
At a press conference on Friday, MacDonald said that on the day of the shooting, a teacher found a note on Ethan Crubley’s desk with a picture of the gun saying “Everywhere “It’s all blood” and “My thoughts won’t stop, save me”.
MacDonald said that the school subsequently met with his parents and they were told to let him receive counseling within 48 hours. But the 15-year-old sophomore in high school went back to finish his school day.
MacDonald told reporters: “Neither James nor Jennifer Crubley asked whether their son was carrying a gun with him, or where his gun was, nor did they check his backpack for the gun he was carrying with him.”
MacDonald also said that when James Crubley heard about the school shooting, he immediately drove home to search for the missing gun. Crumbley then called the authorities and said he suspected his son might be the gunman.
This deadly attack caused a sensation in Michigan and aroused calls for stricter gun control laws in the United States.
“This is a unique American problem that we need to solve,” Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said earlier this week, calling the shooting on Tuesday “every parent’s worst nightmare.”
In the past two years, the number of deadly gun violence incidents in the United States has increased.
According to statistics, there have been 611 mass shootings across the country in 2020. Gun Violence FileThe research team defined a mass shooting as any incident in which four or more people were shot or killed, excluding the gunmen.
The Michigan chapters of “Moms Demand Action” and “Student Demand Action” belonging to the Everytown for Gun Safety advocacy network called for stricter measures after the violence in Oxford.
“No one should experience what my cousin did when he was in school today,” said Aria Segura, a student needs action volunteer whose cousin is a student at Oxford High School. statement.
“We should not live in a world where gun violence exists in our schools or our communities, but for too many of us, this is our reality. We need to take practical actions to protect all students and communities Freedom from gun violence,” Segura said.
U.S. Democratic Senator Chris Murphy sought unanimous consent on Thursday to pass a bill approved by the House of Representatives, which requires general background checks on gun sales. But due to opposition from the Republican Party, it failed to pass.
“The destruction in this country is serious; it’s real; it’s everywhere.” Murphy said: “This is a gun violence epidemic that exists in the United States, and it doesn’t exist anywhere else. “