Usually, when a headline asks a question, the answer is usually no. However, in this instance, it’s a definite maybe. Yes, I know that’s an oxymoron, stop typing.
The man who allegedly allowed the Crumbleys to hide out in his Detroit workspace has publicly identified himself. I’m not going to name him yet, since as far as I know, he has not yet been charged with a crime. Although, he could potentially face obstruction of justice charges. The man himself claims that he was unaware that the Crumbleys had active warrants out for them. In his defense, the man was said to have contacted Detroit police and is cooperating with the investigation.
Who also might be facing charges is Oxford High itself. Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald has said that her investigation will determine if anyone at the school will face any criminal charges for allegedly not putting a stop to the shooting before it happened. The thought process here is that the school staff should have notified police of the violent drawings that Ethan Crumbley had made, which instigated the school to have a meeting with his parents the day of the shooting. If Ms. McDonald is seriously considering charges against the school, I think she may be getting a little overzealous here. I mean, maybe the school could have searched Ethan Crumbley’s belongings; however, that could have led to a shooting as well. That’s exactly what happened in the Campbell County High School shooting in 2005. Besides, it’s not the school’s fault that the Crumbleys chose to do absolutely nothing about their son’s behavioral problem. The school has been criticized for allowing Ethan Crumbly to return to class after the meeting with his parents.
Getting back to the shooting itself, it’s being reported that Ethan Crumbley claimed that his disturbing drawings that initially caused concern for the school were for a video game that he was supposedly designing. While the tune may be a little different, the song remains the same when it comes to a school shooter’s plans. I’m reminded of an alleged 2005 school shooting plot in Kentucky, where the alleged plotter claimed his plans were actually a zombie story for an English class assignment. Usually, plotters will say that their plans were just a joke. I know every school has at least one edgelord who thinks shit like this is funny, but in today’s climate, this is no joke.
We’re also getting a clearer picture of the Crumbley family, not like we really needed one. A clearer picture of trash is still a picture of trash, but I digress. James Crumbley has an 18-year-old son that he had from a previous relationship. It seems that James Crumbly was a deadbeat dad, not even paying the $67 a week child support. That’s not a typo, by the way. It was literally sixty-seven dollars a week. The 18-year-old’s mother also said that the Crumbleys spoiled Ethan and gave him anything he wanted. She also said that she has no doubt that the Crumbleys bought the gun used in the shooting for Ethan.
Neighbors of the Crumbleys have said they called CPS on them with complaints of neglect. According to these neighbors, the Crumbleys would go bar-hopping while leaving Ethan at home. This was said to be around the time that Ethan was 8 or 9-years-old. It’s believed that CPS took no action.
So if you’re wondering what kind of parenting can contribute to a school shooting, there you go.
On a better note, only one of the surviving victims of the shooting remains in the hospital. The last remaining patient is a 17-year-old girl who was shot in the chest. She was listed as being in critical condition, but it is now said to be in stable condition.
- School shooting suspect told counselors alarming drawings were for video game, superintendent says
- Michigan school shooting: Man identifies himself as person accused of helping alleged gunman’s parents
- Ethan Crumbley’s neighbor warned authorities about parents’ neglect: report
- James Crumbley’s ex says he left them strapped for cash, calls Jennifer a ‘monster’
- Woman who has son with Ethan Crumbley’s father describes relationship
- After the deadly school shooting, a Michigan prosecutor criticizes school officials
- Only one victim of Oxford High School shooting remains hospitalized Monday