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Parents of Michigan school ‘shooter’ return to area to face charges

An Oakland County fugitive team is searching for the parents of the Oxford High School shooting suspect (Image: Rex/Facebook)

Their lawyers say the parents of the Oxford high school gunman who appeared to have gone on the run Friday afternoon are returning to the area to be charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Authorities in Michigan are looking for James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of Ethan Crumbley, who is accused of shooting at Oxford High School late Friday afternoon.

‘The Crumbleys left town on the night of the tragic shooting for their own safety. They are returning to the sorted area. They are not fleeing law enforcement despite recent comments in media reports,’ their lawyers said in a statement.

Earlier in the day, the parents were on a criminal arrest warrant, was once charged with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of four teenagers who is said to have been killed by their son.

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They said they would return to be sorted following media reports and word from officials that a search had begun.

“Their attorney has assured us that if she decides to charge them, she will present herself for arrest,” Oakland County Deputy Secretary Mike McCabe said Friday.

McCabe said the settlement with attorney Shannon Smith around 2 p.m. Friday.

“Our last conversation with the lawyer was that she tried to reach them by phone and text message, but they did not respond,” he said.

McCabe said Fugitive Detention Team officers were still out looking for the pair mid-afternoon Friday, though they were found about an hour later.

The FBI and US police chiefs assisted in the search.

Their son Ethan, 15, has been charged as an adult with two dozen counts, including murder, attempted murder and terrorism, in the Oxford High School shooting in Oakland County, Michigan.

Earlier on Friday, when Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald announced the charges against Crumbley’s parents, she said her intention was to hold those responsible for the four students’ deaths to account. responsibility.

“While the shooter was the one who entered the high school and pulled the trigger, there were other individuals who contributed to the events of November 30, and my intention is to hold them accountable,” she said. speak.

‘The right to own a gun is a right, and that right comes with great responsibility.’

The prosecutor said the parents’ actions ‘went beyond negligence’.

Disturbing new details from the prosecutor reveal the unbelievable events leading up to Tuesday’s shooting, including a meeting with the suspect’s parents just hours before he opened fire in a hallway. full of classmates.

On the day of the crime, a teacher noticed Ethan left a disturbing note on his desk, filled with alarming images and the words: ‘Thoughts won’t stop. Help me.’

The teacher was so confused, she took a picture on her mobile phone of the note, which contained a semi-automatic pistol, a person with a bullet wound, a smiling emoji and some related sentences. other: ‘blood is everywhere’, ‘life is in vain’ and ‘dead world’.

James and Jennifer were immediately called to the campus, told they needed to get their son in for a consultation within 48 hours and asked if they wanted to take him home now.

They decided he should stay at school. Ethan returned to class with the gun in his backpack.

McDonald said: ‘The notion that a parent can read those inscriptions and also know their son had access to a deadly weapon they gave him, is unconscionable and I think it is crime’.

The parent’s case was charged in 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills, and a settlement is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday.

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Huynh Nguyen

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