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Mother of Alleged Michigan School Shooter Texted 'Don't Do It' to Her Son During Massacre

A Michigan prosecutor has filed charges of involuntary manslaughter against the parents of the 15-year-old Oxford High School shooting suspect, Ethan Crumbley.

The parents, Jennifer and James Crumbley, have each been charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter in Tuesday’s shooting — which left four dead and seven injured.

On Friday, the prosecutor’s office revealed new details about communications between the parents and Ethan, including a text urging him not to do it.

Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said during Friday’s press conference that Jennifer had texted Ethan saying “don’t do it” as news of the shooting went public.

“The prosecutor said Jennifer Crumbley texted her son at 1:22 p.m. and at 1:37 p.m his father, James Crumbley, called 911 to report that his gun was missing. He told the operator that his son may have been the active shooter,” The Hill reports.

The mother had met with the school just hours earlier to discuss a drawing that he had done of himself shooting another person.

“At the meeting James and Jennifer Crumbley were shown the drawing and were advised that they were required to get their son into counseling within 48 hours,” she said. The parents reportedly refused to remove their child from the school, so he remained in the building and began shooting just two hours later.

McDonald said that the parents “failed to ask their son if he had his gun with him or where his gun was located and failed to inspect his backpack for the presence of the gun, which he had with him.”

On Monday, a teacher also caught him browsing online to purchase ammunition. After the school contacted the parents, the mother texted Ethan saying “lol, I’m not mad at you, you have to learn not to get caught.”

McDonald has said that the actions of the parents were “far beyond negligence” in this case.

The troubled teen’s father had purchased the 9mm Sig Sauer SP 2022 gun, that was later used in the massacre, four days before the shooting, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said during a press briefing.

“There is an additional piece of evidence that hasn’t been released yet, but I can assure you … it was troubling, it was disturbing, and unfortunately, he was allowed to go back to class,” McDonald said Wednesday during an interview with WDIV-TV.

“The only people who knew that there was a threat and an access to a gun did not work at that school,” McDonald added. He also noted that the weapon that was used “seems to have been just freely available” to the teenager.

The student had been flagged twice by school staff. His parents were actually at the school on the morning of the attack to meet with their son and school personnel over concerns about his behavior.

The students who died at the scene or in the hospital while being treated for their injuries are Tate Myre, 16, Hana St. Juliana, 14, Madisyn Baldwin, 17, and Justin Shilling, 17.

Tim Throne, superintendent of Oxford Community Schools, addressed community members in a video that was posted on Thursday.

“There’s just been a lot of talk about the student that was apprehended, that he was called up to the office and all that kind of stuff,” Throne said in the 12-minute video. “No discipline was warranted. There are no discipline records at the high school. Yes, this student did have contact with our front office. And yes, his parents were on campus.”

Thorne said that he could not elaborate further.

McDonald said that while the shooter was the one who pulled the trigger, “there are other individuals who contributed to this.”

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5 responses to “Mother of Alleged Michigan School Shooter Texted ‘Don’t Do It’ to Her Son During Massacre”

  1. Marilyn says:

    All school shootings have been very easily predictable with at least five years of warning signs. I hope this sets a precedent and every parent of a school shooter gets charged. This starts with lazy detached people dumping their kids off at daycare centers as babies and then wondering why they end up with attachment disorders. Guaranteed anyone with homicidal ideation has them. Then they go to school and do after school activities, add in hours of screen time. Google “electronic screen syndrome.” These kids end up with false diagnoses of autism etc when it’s really just extreme neglect from their lazy parents. They end up socially and emotionally undeveloped. Every single mass shooter has that flat affect. That’s a sign of that. A lot of people barely interact with their children. They’re raised by screens. It’s no wonder they miss clear signs of emergent schizophrenia. This boy wrote repeatedly of voices and thoughts not stopping. There is a mentally ill cult leader on YouTube named Teal Swan (sometimes mentally ill people have great insight into other sick people) who has some interesting thoughts on school shooters. I would recommend watching her video on this subject.

  2. 0xdeadface says:

    As a parent, if my child had drawn a picture of them shooting someone, then I would of pulled them out of school and tried to figure out what is going on and of home school was the answer.

  3. veloravelvet says:

    Schools have been allowing bullies and other troubling behavior from students get waived off for years. My HS son regularly sees special needs kids get harassed with nothing being done. Granted, there is a certain amount of natural competition and getting picked on that can build character, as this is how kids learn to fit into society as an adult. However, these days it goes on openly in class in front of teachers now, and the teachers literally do nothing to correct the ones who take it too far. In some cases, the teachers even participate and aren’t much older than the students themselves (this is the case in my son’s school).

    The district funding gets increased when certain metrics are reached…and that means no violent students and decreased suspensions or expulsions. If you go back and look at the school shootings, most of them were predictable to some degree.

    The worst part of these charges against the parents…? It’s going to set precedence and case law that will determine how we are allowed to parent our children or what kind of conversations/subject matter is deemed appropriate. It’s going to diminish our rights as parents, and that’s not good considering what school boards are already trying to do. If any child is even suspected (or the parents are targets for political reasons) this could open up the door to invade our privacy, read our communications and use that against us.

  4. Element says:

    Sounds like the school knew he was a threat but did nothing and they are now trying to deflect by putting all the blame on the parents.

  5. KruelWolf says:

    I don’t entirely agree the parents should be charged in such a high degree, but they do hold some responsibility being the two who raised him, and interacted with him daily. They should have seen signs of his impending actions, like fellow students had, and got him help before it got to the point of him being called into the front office for negative behavior. In school, I would draw little stick figures or cartoon characters on one of my folders doing all sorts of things, half of it was benign activities, and some that weren’t appropriate for school (homicide, suicide, drug use, adult situations), all because I was bored going at the pace of the rest of the class. I know I appeared just like this kid to the administrators, and they had me go to counseling at the school. A week later, they realized it was just a bored teenager doodling. As for leaving firearms open and available in the home, that should not be a crime. When children are young, and inexperienced, I believe in securing the firearms. I still believe young children should be trained in the what, how, and why of firearms so they learn to respect them for what they are. As for teenagers, once they are trained, and has respect for the tool, leaving firearms unlocked, and available should be completely fine. Now if the teen shows signs of aggression, withdrawn, depression, or any mental instability, then secure the firearms. Had the parents noticed his behavior, and got him help, or even if the school would have brought a counselor in before this, it could have been prevented.