Authorities said Friday that a teen who is accused of killing four classmates and hurting others at a high school in Michigan will say how he feels next week.
Even though Ethan Crumbley made violent photos for a class assignment in November of last year, he was not kicked out of his southeast Michigan high school. He took a gun out of his pocket a few hours later and started shooting people.
Authorities have put some of the blame on Crumbley’s parents, who they say is a broken couple who didn’t care about their son’s mental health problems and gave him a gun as a gift just days before the attack. They, too, are being blamed. Crumbley, who is 16, has a court date on Monday.
“We can confirm that the gunman is expected to plead guilty to all 24 charges, including terrorism,” said the chief assistant prosecutor in Oakland County, David Williams. The victims have also been told by the prosecutor.
The boy’s lawyers were asked for a comment, and a message was left for them. Crumbley was 15 years old when the incident happened at Oxford High, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Detroit.
On that day, the school called his parents to talk about the teen’s scary writing. A teacher had found a drawing of a rifle aimed at the words “The thoughts won’t stop.” Support me. The words “Blood everywhere” were written under a picture of a bullet.
Investigators say that James and Jennifer Crumbley were told to get Ethan into counseling within 48 hours, but they didn’t. They also say that James and Jennifer Crumbley refused to take Ethan home.
The day before, Ethan’s teacher saw him look up ammo on his phone. Jennifer Crumbley, his mother, got a call from the school, and she texted her son, “Lol. I’m not mad at you. The prosecutor’s office says you need to learn how to stay hidden.
As an adult, Ethan Crumbley was charged with one count of terrorism that caused death, four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of attempted murder, and 12 gun-related crimes.
In Michigan, if you are found guilty of first-degree murder, you are usually sentenced to life in prison. But minors have the right to a hearing where their lawyer can ask for a shorter sentence and a chance to get out of jail.
Separately, prosecutors have filed charges of involuntary manslaughter against James and Jennifer Crumbley in connection with a school shooting. They are accused of giving Ethan access to a gun even though he needs help with his mental health.
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Simply put, they made it possible for their son’s aggressive behavior to grow. Prosecutors say in court documents that they bought a gun for their troubled child even though they were aware of this.
The Crumbleys claimed to be in the dark about Ethan’s strategy. They don’t agree that it was easy to get a gun at home. Six kids and a teacher were hurt, and Madisyn Baldwin, Tate Myre, Hana St. Juliana, and Justin Shilling died.
Sheriff Mike Bouchard said that Ethan Crumbley’s guilty plea would make the families and witnesses feel better.
Bouchard told WDIV-TV that in a trial, “at least I wouldn’t have to go through the torture of methodically looking at every piece of evidence, every piece of video, and all the other things that would be terrible.”
In court documents, prosecutors have shared parts of Ethan Crumbley’s private journal. He said that he had bad grades, that his parents were angry with each other, and that they were poor.
“This just makes me want to shoot up the school or do something else,” the teen said. Even though Ethan isn’t with the adults, all three Crumbley kids are being held at the Oakland County jail.
A lawyer for the Oxford school district, Ven Johnson, wouldn’t say anything about Ethan Crumbley’s expected plea on Friday.