Parents of the Oxford High School shooting teenage suspect Ethan Crumbley are facing charges of involuntary manslaughter.
James and Jennifer Crumbley were charged on Friday, Dec. 3, with a Michigan school shooting that their 15-year-old son is suspected of carrying out.
Officials previously discovered that the father bought the semi-automatic 9mm Sig Sauer weapon his son was accused of using on Black Friday, barely four days prior.
On Monday, Nov. 29, when a teacher reported that their son was searching for ammunition online, the boy’s mother didn’t seem surprised.
“LOL I’m not mad at you,” Jennifer Crumbley said to her son in a message, as the New York Times reported. “You have to learn not to get caught.”
Authorities say Ethan shot and murdered four classmates at Oxford High School in suburban Detroit a day later. He used the firearm that his parents had previously purchased for him.
“I want to be really clear that these charges are meant to hold the individuals who contributed to this tragedy accountable and also send a message that gun owners have a responsibility,” said Prosecutor McDonald said at a journalist on Friday, Dec. 3.
Parents were informed after a teacher discovered troubling drawings on Crumbley’s school desk, McDonald’s said on Friday, Dec. 3.
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.
The parents did not inspect the boy’s backpack or ask him about the weapon, said the prosecutor. His parents also declined to take Ethan home after the meeting.
Sheriff Michael Bouchard also stated that “possess or carry a handgun.” is banned for anybody under 15, according to the New York Post.
At the Oakland County Jail, Ethan Crumbley is being held without bond. He has been charged with murder and terrorism in the attack on Oxford High School on Tuesday, Nov. 30, which killed four people and injured seven more. This is the deadliest school shooting in the United States of America this year.