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US Parents of school shooters are rarely charged

02:07  04 december  2021
02:07  04 december  2021 Source:   nbcnews.com

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Ethan Crumbley’s parents were each charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter Friday in connection to the Michigan school shooting allegedly carried out by their 15-year-old son. The charges for James and Jennifer Crumbley stem from having purchased a gun for the teen in the days ahead of the deadly shooting and failing to take action when alerted to their child’s concerning behavior. When news of the shooting broke, Jennifer immediately texted her son, saying, “Ethan, don’t do it,” and James rushed home to check his guns, proving they had a feeling that their son might be

Parents are rarely charged in school shootings involving their children, even as most minors get guns from a parent or relative's house, according to experts. Michigan has no law on the books that requires gun owners to keep weapons locked away from children. McDonald, however, suggested there's more to build a case on. All I can say at this point is those actions on mom and dad's behalf go far beyond negligence," she told WJR- AM . 'We obviously are prosecuting the shooter to the fullest extent. There are other individuals who should be held accountable.' Later at a news conference, McDonald said

In a rare move, the parents of the 15-year-old who is suspected of opening fire at Oxford High School in Michigan, killing four, have been charged in what advocates say is a warning for responsible gun ownership and a step toward accountability.

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Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald charged Jennifer and James Crumbley with four counts of involuntary manslaughter on Friday. Their son, Ethan Crumbley, 15, is suspected in the Nov. 30 mass shooting.

"These charges are intended to hold the individuals who contributed to this tragedy accountable, and send a message that gun owners have a responsibility," McDonald said. "When they fail to uphold that responsibility there are serious, and criminal, consequences."

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Prosecutors charged the parents of the 15-year-old accused of killing four classmates with involuntary manslaughter, saying they failed to act on troubling signs. Karen D. McDonald, the prosecutor in Oakland County, said the parents of the 15-year-old accused of fatally shooting four students at Oxford High School were charged with involuntary manslaughter. “While the shooter was the one who entered the high school and pulled the trigger, there are other individuals who contributed to the events on Nov.

Prosecutors have charged the parents of a suspect in a deadly Michigan school shooting with involuntary manslaughter. They allege James and Jennifer Crumbley ignored warning signs and called some of their actions prior to the shooting "egregious". Ethan Crumbley is accused of using his Ms McDonald said the charges are meant to hold the Crumbleys accountable as well as to send a message about responsible gun ownership. "The notion that a parent could read those words and also know that their son had access to a deadly weapon that they gave him is unconscionable, and it's

Though school shootings are familiar territory in the U.S., it is uncommon for parents to be charged in such cases.

A Washington Post review of 105 schools shootings committed by minors from 1999 to 2018, in which the origin of the weapon used was identified, found the guns were taken from a child's home — or a relative or friend's home — 84 times. In only four of those instances were adult owners of the weapons criminally punished for failing to safely store them.

NBC legal analyst Danny Cevallos said the charges against parents in cases like this are "not particularly common" — but they're not unprecedented in Michigan.

Cevallos cited the 2018 case People v. Head in which the Michigan Court of Appeals held that a man was responsible for involuntary manslaughter after he allowed his kids to have access to a gun. The defendant's 9-year-old son was fatally shot by his 10-year-old daughter in November 2015 after a shotgun was left in a "readily accessible location in his home."

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  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.

THE parents of a suspected shooter have been charged after their 15-year-old son allegedly killed four in a hallway rampage. Ethan Crumbley, a sophomore at Oxford High School , will be charged with one count of terrorism causing death and four counts of first-degree murder. The sheriff later told reporters that the boy’s parents had been summoned to the school before the violence. Bouchard wouldn’t discuss details of the behavior school officials were concerned about. “There is nothing that he could have faced that would warrant senseless, absolutely brutal violence on other kids,” he said.

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He said the charges are a "good strategic choice only because as recently as 2018, a similar theory of liability was upheld."

"They have a clear path to a conviction, if they have the evidence," Cevallos said. "Does this herald a new era of holding parents responsible for homicides committed by their children? Maybe."

Under Michigan law, parents of a child who violates firearm-related laws on school property or in a school vehicle can be held criminally liable if the parent knew the child's intentions or furthered their actions.

In this case, police believe that the 9mm Sig Sauer handgun used in the shooting was purchased by the suspect's father days before.

McDonald said in a press conference Friday that it was purchased effectively for their son, and he was present for the sale. That gun was stored "unlocked in a drawer" at the Crumbley home, she said.

She also said a teacher observed the suspect searching ammunition on his cellphone and alerted school officials, but when they tried to contact his mother she was unreachable.

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  Opinion: Charging the parents in Michigan shooting sends a powerful message Charging James and Jennifer Crumbly in this case serves as a wake-up call to parents and other gun owners that they need to be more responsible when it comes to safeguarding their weapons, writes Kara Alaimo.Ethan Crumbley, who is accused of killing four students and injuring seven others at Oxford High School in Michigan on Tuesday, has already been charged as an adult with terrorism, murder, assault and other counts. On Friday, Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald called the actions of his parents, James and Jennifer Crumbly, "criminal.

Sure, I can look at the parents of most school shooters and say "see! didn't you see the signs!!!" But in truth, it's only apparent in retrospect. Did Nancy Lanza make some really terrible parenting decisions? Ultimately, under any active shooter incident, the onus of responsibility for such violence falls on the shooter . They are the instigators, the perpetrators, and they are the ones who delivered such violence on innocent victims. With that stated, there are indicators of threat-related behavior that are identifiable and able to be trained to a community willing to learn them.

Parents in the U.S. are rarely charged in school shootings involving their children, even as most minors get guns from a parent or relative’s house, according to experts. There’s no Michigan law that requires gun owners keep weapons locked away from children. “All I can say at this point is those actions on mom and dad’s behalf go far beyond negligence,” she told WJR- AM . “We obviously are prosecuting the shooter to the fullest extent. There are other individuals who should be held accountable.” Later at a news conference, McDonald said she hoped to have an announcement “in

Instead of contacting the school, Jennifer Crumbley allegedly texted her son: "Lol. I'm not mad at you. You have to learn not to get caught."

The day of the shooting, another teacher said they saw the suspect drawing a gun and a bullet with the words "Blood everywhere" and "help me" and "my life is useless," McDonald said, and the parents were called to the school.

"The notion that a parent could read those words and also know that their child has access to a weapon that they gave them is unconscionable. It is criminal," McDonald said.

Advocates hail the charges as 'a move in the right direction'

Guns used in school shootings often come from a family member's home. In 45% of incidents involving school shooters under the age of 18 where the gun source was identified, 74% obtained the gun or guns from their home or the homes of relatives or friends, according to gun control advocacy group Everytown.

Michigan does not require firearm owners to lock their weapons generally, according to Giffords.

Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action, a group that seeks to end gun violence in the U.S., said, "If this kid hadn't had access to a gun, there most likely would not have been a school shooting."

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"The parents certainly played a role in that by buying the semi-automatic handgun on Black Friday, and then enabling their child to have easy access to it," she said.

"It is important to all gun owners to to know that the onus is on them, to protect their families, their communities, by securely storing their firearm," Watts said.

Allison Anderman, the senior counsel and director of local policy at Giffords, called the charges "a move in the right direction."

"Parents, and all people, need to store their guns responsibly. Don't forget Adam Lanza's mother got the ultimate punishment for failing to secure her firearms," she said, citing the Sandy Hook school shooter. "Her son took her guns and killed her with them. I'm not sure what people need to hear to get them to change their behaviors."

Ethan Crumbley was charged as an adult Wednesday with four counts of first-degree murder, one count of terrorism causing death, seven counts of assault with intent to murder and 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony in the Tuesday shooting. He pleaded not guilty.

Michigan Sen. Rosemary Bayer, whose district includes Oxford High School, introduced a bill in the state legislature in June seeking to hold parents accountable if they fail to secure firearms. Under that bill, if a minor obtains a gun and uses it to injure or kill others, the adult would face up to five years in prison.

"This kind of bill specifically about making sure that children don't have access to your guns, reduces the number of times children use guns to shoot," Bayer told NBC News.

She supported the charges, saying, "We must start holding people accountable for what their kids do. This is not a toy."

Bayer said the whole state of Michigan has been left in shock in the wake of the shooting.

"The fear, just watching it as a wave spreading across our state. This is not just a local impact, this kind of thing, this really is terrifying. We have to take action. We're so far behind," Bayer said.

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