The prosecutors filed a complaint for manslaughter against the parents of a 15-year-old suspect in a Michigan high school shooting, in which four students were killed.
The allegations were announced by Oakland County Attorney Karen McDonald on Friday. The parents of the suspect, James and Jennifer Crumbley, were each charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter.
“While the shooter was the one who entered high school and took out the trigger, there are other individuals who contributed to events on November 30 and it is my intention to hold them responsible too “, McDonald said during a news conference on Friday, signaling that further lawsuits could follow.
The prosecutor revealed that the suspect, Ethan Crumbley, was caught by a teacher who was looking for online on ammunition a few days before the shooting. School officials contacted her parents, however, the couple ignored the investigation, while Jennifer sent her a message son “LOL I’m not mad at you. You must learn not to get caught “, according to McDonald.
the accusations against the Crumbley family they are rare move from prosecutors, as the parents of school shooters rarely face legal trouble in the United States. Also, unlike other states, Michigan has no law that requires it gun owners to keep their parts locked up children.
McDonald’s, however, appeared adamant in pursuing the parents, as she said on Their actions went on Thursday “well beyond neglect”. The gun, purchased by James a few days before the shooting, “It looks like it was just freely available to [Ethan]” said the prosecutor.
The mass shooting took place at the Oxford High School, located in a northern suburb of Detroit on Tuesday. Four students were killed in the attack, while seven others were injured. The suspect, who will be tried as an adult, it was already slapped with more charges, ranging from first-level murder to terrorism.
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