Parents of the teenage Oxford High School shooting suspect, Ethan Crumbley, face charges of involuntary manslaughter. After an hours-long search, James and Jennifer Crumbley were taken into custody early Saturday, Dec. 4.

Just hours before the shooting that left four students dead and eight others wounded on Tuesday, Nov. 30, Ethan Crumbley, the suspect in the shooting, had been summoned into the school along with his parents to meet with administrators regarding his behavior in the classroom.

Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said the suspect’s parents were informed after a teacher discovered troubling drawings on Crumbley’s school desk.

An image of a semi-automatic weapon with the lines “the thoughts won’t stop, help me” and “blood everywhere,” as well as a shot and bleeding person, are among the illustrations, Insider reported.

McDonald said the teen was withdrawn from classes, and his parents were summoned to a meeting at the school. They were informed they had 48 hours to get their son into counseling. However, they “resisted the idea” of taking him home from school, so he returned to class after they left.

Two hours after that meeting, Ethan Crumbley emerged from a bathroom with a loaded weapon and began shooting.

Shortly after the news of the shooting spree at the school went public, the mother of the suspect texted her son “don’t do it” on Tuesday afternoon, prosecutors said on Friday.

McDonald said Jennifer Crumbley texted her son at 1:22 p.m., and his father, James Crumbley, contacted 911 at 1:37 p.m. to report his gun was missing, adding that his son may have been the shooter.

In the days before the shooting, when a teacher reported that their son was searching for ammunition online, the school later called and emailed his mother, but she did not answer.

McDonald said Jennifer texted her son: “LOL I’m not mad at you, you have to learn not to get caught.”

McDonald added that his 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 Wednesday, prosecutors in suburban Detroit charged a 15-year-old boy with terrorism, first-degree murder, assault, and weapons possession in connection with the shooting.

On Friday, Prosecutor Karen McDonald charged James and Jennifer Crumbley with involuntary manslaughter.

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