Parents of Oxford High School Shooting Charged and Arrested

The parents of the 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley, who was arrested last week for the deadly Michigan high school shooting, were arrested in a Detroit warehouse after being charged with involuntary manslaughter.

A judge in Michigan’s Oakland County set a bond at $500,000 each for James and Jennifer Crumbley after they were charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter, but failed to attend the arraignment last Friday, which made them fugitives and set off a search for them.

The couple was arrested on Saturday on the first floor of an industrial or commercial building in Detroit, about 40 miles south of the Oxford area where they live after someone tipped the police about their vehicle being nearby.

“They appeared to be hiding in the building,” Detroit Police Chief James White said. “They were very distressed after they were detained.” Both James and Jennifer Crumbley were charged after investigations found that they were partially responsible for their son’s action.

The Sig Sauer gun was bought as a gift from James to Ethan just four days before the shooting. After a teacher saw Ethan Crumbley searching for ammunition on his phone during class, school officials tried to contact his parents the night before the shooting but got no response. It was later found Jennifer had exchanged texts with Ethan that day that read, “LOL, I’m not mad at you. You have to learn not to get caught.”

On the day of the shooting, another teacher found a disturbing note on Ethan’s desk, both parents were called to the school and told to get counseling for their son. However, the parents refused to take their son home and didn’t bother to check if he had the gun with him. Before Ethan was sent back to class, he went into the bathroom, took out the gun from his backpack, and opened fire.

According to the prosecutors, Jennifer Crumbley texted him after the shooting saying, “Ethan, don’t do it.” Ethan Crumbley was charged on Wednesday as an adult with terrorism, murder, and other counts in the shooting. The shooting has left four students dead and many others injured.

Both James and Jennifer Crumbley can face 10-15 years of prison if convicted. Former U.S. attorney Neama Rahmani said, “What’s more dangerous than buying a gun for your kid and knowing that he’s drawing these violent pictures and school officials are concerned and doing nothing about it. In my book, that’s certainly creating a situation where the risk of death was very high.”


Join Our Mailing List

    Recent Articles

    Silicon Valley’s Golden Age Fades as Big Tech Layoffs Continue

    It’s well known that the Big Tech companies that have dominated the internet have brought in billions of dollars over the years, allowing them to spend it on shocking salaries, beautiful offices, and smaller companies. The past year of rising interest rates and falling stock prices has caused a rumble in the industry, along with the San Francisco Bay region that it rules. Currently, there are tens of thousands of layoffs from many top tech companies, including Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook.

    Florida Rejects AP African American Studies Class

    A new Advanced Placement course on African American studies will not be offered in Florida’s high schools because it is not “historically accurate.” According to the letter sent last week, the Florida Department of Education informed the College Board, which administers AP exams, that it would not include the class in the state’s course directory. Rigorous A.P. courses allow high school students to obtain credit and advanced placement in college.

    Memphis Fire Department Fires Three Employees for Not Providing Aid to Tyre Nichols

    Memphis Fire Department has fired three employees after they failed to provide Tyre Nichols with a “sufficient patient assessment” after he was beaten by police officers. Robert Long and JaMichael Sandridge of the emergency medical services and Lt. Michelle Whitaker of the fire department were initially called to administer medical treatment to Nichols after he was said to be pepper sprayed.

    Lisa Loring, The Original Wednesday Addams Actress, Dies at 64

    Actress Lisa Loring, best known as the first actress to portray Wednesday Addams in the original 1960s “The Addams Family” sitcom, has died at the age of 64. According to a statement from Loring’s longtime agent Chris Carbaugh, Loring “passed away on Saturday surrounded by her family. Lisa was a very loving mother, grandmother and friend with a lifetime of amazing stories and experiences.”

    Kemp Declares State of Emergency in Georgia Over ‘Cop City’ Protests

    Georgia Following violent protests in Atlanta against the development of a police training complex and the killing by authorities of an environmental protester who is alleged to have shot a state trooper, Governor Brian Kemp issued a state of emergency on Thursday. Unless the governor extends it, the state of emergency, which permits the use of up to 1,000 National Guard troops to respond to episodes of social unrest, will remain until February 9. The Atlantic Public Safety Center, sometimes known as “Cop City,” is being built in Dekalb County’s South River Forest, and protesters are against it. When a protester was fatally shot during a SWAT raid on the “Defend the Atlanta Forest” group camp, the campaign received widespread notice last week.

    FDA Proposes Annual COVID Vaccine

    The Food and Drug Administration is asking an expert advisory panel to consider the frequency with which people should be boosted against COVID-19 and what those boosters should look like. The FDA also recommended that all vaccines, including initial and boosters, should address the same variants from now on.

    Hey! Are you enjoying NYCTastemakers? Make sure to join our mailing list for NYCTM and never miss the chance to read all of our articles!