Michigan Shooting Suspectâ€™s Parents Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter
â€śHelp me,â€ť the teen accused of killing four of his classmates had scrawled in class hours before the shooting. His parents refused to bring him home and didnâ€™t ask whether he had the handgun they had bought for him days before, a prosecutor said.
The gun was an early Christmas gift from his parents: a semiautomatic 9-millimeter Sig Sauer handgun. â€śMy new beauty,â€ť Ethan Crumbley, 15, called it.
The day after Thanksgiving, he and his father had gone together to a Michigan gun shop to buy it. He and his mother spent a day testing out the gun, which was stored unlocked in the parentsâ€™ bedroom. On Monday, when a teacher reported seeing their son searching online for ammunition, his mother did not seem alarmed.
â€śLOL Iâ€™m not mad at you,â€ť Jennifer Crumbley texted her son. â€śYou have to learn not to get caught.â€ť
A day later, the authorities say the teenager fatally shot four classmates in the halls of Oxford High School in suburban Detroit, using the handgun his parents had bought for him.
On Friday, Karen D. McDonald, the Oakland County prosecutor, laid out those and other chilling details as she took the rare step of filing involuntary manslaughter charges against the accused gunmanâ€™s parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley.
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