Crime 13-Year-Old Charged After Saying School 'Better Watch Out' Following Oxford Shooting: Police
Oxford Shooting Suspect's Father Bought Gun 4 Days Before, Police Say
Oakland County Sheriff's Office said the 15-year-old arrested after three students were killed at a Michigan high school had "posted pictures of the target and the weapon."Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said late on Tuesday night that investigators had determined the gun used was purchased by the teenager's father, according to a Facebook post from the sheriff's office.
Michigan authorities said a 13-year-old has been charged with a felony after he allegedly threatened a local middle school in the wake of the deadly shooting at a school in Oxford Township, a Detroit suburb.
Police in Waterford Township said they received reports of threat on social media Thursday that stated "Mason better watch out," referring to Mason Middle School, WDIV reported. The post also included an image of a firearm.
Ethan Crumbley's Parents 'Resisted the Idea' of Pulling Him From School Before Shooting
The Oakland County Prosecutor said drawings found on Crumbley's desk contained a semi-automatic handgun pointing at the words "the thoughts won't stop help me."During a press conference on Friday, Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald explained that on the morning of the shooting, which occurred on Tuesday, the alleged shooter, Ethan Crumbley, and his parents were summoned to a meeting with a school counselor. The meeting was prompted by a teacher who discovered several drawings on Crumbley's desk that alarmed her "to the point that she took a picture of it on her cell phone.
Police say that a 13-year-old Mason Middle School student, who has not been identified, is allegedly behind the threat, and that he admitted to posting it when interviewed by investigators.
The teenager was charged with knowingly making a false report of terrorism, a felony that carries up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
"All threats are taken seriously, and we will continue to investigate each and every one," Waterford TownshipChief Scott Underwood said, per the news station.
"We will use all available investigative tactics and resources, arrest those responsible, and seek to charge them to the fullest extent possible."
Newsweek reached out to police in Waterford Township for more information about the arrest but did not hear back in time for publication on Saturday morning.
EXPLAINER: How unusual to charge parents in school shooting?
Guns used in U.S. school shootings have often come from the homes of young perpetrators, but parents are rarely charged for the violence that occurs, experts say. That's what makes the case against Ethan Crumbley's parents uncommon, following the fatal shooting of four students at Oxford High School in southeastern Michigan. Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said Jennifer and James Crumbley ignored opportunities to intervene, just a few hours before the bloodshed.They're charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter, while Ethan, 15, is charged as an adult with murder, terrorism and other crimes.
Schools around the country are contending with threats in the wake of the shooting at Oxford High School that left four students dead and several others injured.
A Newsweek analysis on Friday found that more than, including hundreds of schools in Michigan.
that a student in the village of Armada admitted to making a threat against schools because he wanted a day off from classes.
In Georgia,that read: "This is a warning that I am plan to shoot the whole entire school up tomorrow I already have my plan figured out but see you and the dead students tomorrow." The threat prompted officials to cancel classes on Friday.
Police in Miami Township, Ohio, said Friday that they had arrestedthree days after the Oxford Township shooting. A local prosecutor is reviewing the case.
Oxford Police, Prosecutor Face Criticism for Allowing School Shooter's Parents To Get Away
One person on Twitter asked if the situation "could get anymore messed up."James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley, were reportedly labeled as "fugitives" by county officials after they left Oxford. Police had been attempting to arrest the pair on involuntary manslaughter charges after Ethan allegedly killed four students during a mass shooting.
"We cannot ever assume that a threat is a joke, and again, we take them all very seriously," Milford Junior High School Principal Misty Goetz told families in Ohio.
What to Expect at Oxford Shooting Suspect Ethan Crumbley's Court Hearing Today .
Crumbley will appear before a judge at 1:15 p.m. in Michigan. He faces 24 charges, including four counts of first-degree murder.The 15-year-old is being held at Oakland County Jail in the deaths of four students and the shooting of seven other people on November 30. Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald announced after his arrest that Crumbley would be tried as an adult for murder.