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Parents of Michigan school shooting suspect may be charged | WJMN

OXFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (NewsNation Now) – For the first time in history, the parents of an alleged school shooter can be charged in relation to their child’s crimes.

The prosecutor in Oxford, Michigan made the stunning announcement Wednesday that Ethan Crumbley, 15, Faces Judge for the first time and was charged as an adult with two dozen counts, including murder, attempted murder and terrorism.

According to the county sheriff, Crumbley’s father purchased the 9mm Sig Sauer gun believed to have been used in last week’s shooting.

Prosecutor Karen McDonald said the gun was unlocked and secure and there was “strong evidence of serious negligence” Thursday on “Morning in America”. McDonald’s said on Thursday that the gun “appears to be provided only for free” to the teen.

“Because gun ownership also brings responsibility, and the details around mom and dad’s access to that gun will be released soon,” McDonald said. “But yes, we are taking the allegations very seriously. It goes beyond the negligence of a parent, let me say so.”

You can watch the full interview in the section below.

Legal analyst Karen Conti told “On balance” that there’s no law in Michigan that says, “If you have kids, you have to lock your guns.”

However, Conti believes parents can be held accountable in some way.

“If the parents know he’s acting stupid and he posts things on social media saying, ‘I’m going to kill the student, and hey, this is my dad’s shotgun,’ then I think parents Conti’s parent said: ”

Sheriff Mike Bouchard told reporters that Crumbley’s parents were called to the school Tuesday “because of disturbing behavior in the classroom”. The teen was still attending school, and the shooting occurred hours later.

Conti says Michigan’s law is “really weird.”

“It says that if a child is under 18, the parent can be held criminally responsible for the child’s actions if the child under 18 uses a gun at school and if the parent knows that the criminal will done and did something to continue Conti said. “How are you going to prove these parents knew this kid was going to do it and did something to help the kid do it?”

She said that the law in general does not provide for much criminal responsibility for parents.

Investigators have not released a motive for Tuesday’s shooting at Oxford High School, about 30 miles north of Detroit.

It was the deadliest school shooting since Santa Fe, Texas, High School Massacre in 2018, according to the database of The Associated Press / USA TODAY / Northeastern University Mass Killings. There have been 31 mass murders in the US this year, 28 of which involve guns.

https://www.upmatters.com/news/michigan-news/parents-of-michigan-school-shooting-suspect-may-be-charged/ Parents of Michigan school shooting suspect may be charged | WJMN

Emma Bowman

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