Michigan school officials may have searched for ‘shooter’ backpack, unsuccessfully

Legitimate high school officials may have searched the possessions of suspected shooter Ethan Crumbley in the hours before the shooting, when he met with administrators and his parents about the conduct involved. to his behavior, but officials did not check his belongings (Image: Getty Images)

School officials had legal grounds to search the backpack and lockers of Ethan Crumbley, the 15-year-old student accused of shooting at his suburban Michigan high school, but apparently failed to do so.

Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald told CNN The employees could face charges following last Tuesday’s shooting.

“We don’t rule out charging anyone,” McDonald’s said Monday.

Officials at Oxford High School may have searched Crumbley’s backpack and locker in the hours before the shooting, following a meeting with his parents about his disturbing behaviour, the public prosecutor said. said prosecutor. However, the suspect’s belongings were not checked because his parents were against the idea of ​​taking him out of school early in the day.

“We don’t know exactly where the weapon was in his pocket or where, we just know it was in the school and he had permission to use it,” McDonald said.

Crumbley was flagged twice by school officials for his involvement in the conduct. The first time was a day before filming, and the second just a few hours before.

The day before the shooting, Crumbley was caught by a teacher looking for ammo on his cell phone. He told officials he did so because sports shooting was a family hobby.

The next day, another teacher noticed a disturbing note Crumbley had left on her desk that featured a semi-automatic pistol, a person with a bullet wound, a smiling emoji, and a related phrases, including: ‘Thoughts won’t stop. Help me with “, and “Blood is everywhere”.

McDonald’s repeatedly blamed the school for failing to search Crumbley’s belongings after two related incidents, and instead blame his parents.

“In this case, you cannot look at their actions and say they have no reason to believe there is a genuine concern about an act of violence,” McDonald said.

‘All of this could have been prevented if he hadn’t had access (with the gun) or just had one of those parents say ‘I’m worried about what I’m seeing right now and I also want you to know, we just bought him a gun for Christmas”, and that didn’t happen.’

Crumbley was charged as an adult with two dozen counts, including murder, attempted murder and terrorism, for the shooting.

McDonald’s also said there was evidence apart from the disturbing details that have been revealed that will used to prosecute Crumbley and his parents in the shooting that left 4 high school students dead and 7 others injured.

After a day-long manhunt on Friday, James and Jennifer Crumbley’s parents were arrested Saturday. Both pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of four teenagers believed to have been murdered by their sons.

Prosecutors allege the parents provided unrestricted access to the gun their son is accused of using.

Attorneys for the parents said they intended to turn themselves in to authorities before being arrested in an industrial building in nearby Detroit.

‘We intend to fight this case in the courtroom, not in the court of public opinion. We know that in the end the whole story and the truth will prevail,’ their attorney said.

Disturbing new details continue to be released regarding the latest mass shooting to rock America, as the Time Throne Director of the Oxford Community School says an independent third party will investigate the reaction. school response.

According to Throne, the suspect began shooting ‘during the passage of time between classes as hundreds of students were in the hallway moving from classroom to classroom’.

It is unclear whether the gun was in the suspect’s backpack during a previous disciplinary meeting held with his parents.

Initial assessment of shooting videos found the ‘staff and student’ response to the shooter was effective, exemplary and certainly prevented further deaths and injuries, Throne said.

Students and staff entered the classroom, locked the door, created a makeshift barricade and locked the door before the shooter could enter the main hallway, the director said.

A judge pleaded not guilty to Crumbley on Wednesday. His next court appearance is scheduled for December 13.

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