James and Jennifer Crumbley
cannot escape their responsibilities in this tragedyOakland County Sheriff in Michigan said in a statement.
Our Fugitive Arrest Team, FBI, and Police are looking for them and we plan to take them into custody soon., he added.
Their son, Ethan Crumbley, 15, killed four pupils and injured six others as well as a teacher on Tuesday on the grounds of the Oxford school, an act of cold blood which caused trauma in this small town north of Detroit.
walked into the school and pulled the trigger, corn
other people contributed to this event and I intend to hold them to accountCounty Attorney Karen McDonald said as she announced the lawsuits against the parents.
The gunman was charged with
terrorist act and
assassinations, and risks life imprisonment, because he is being prosecuted as an adult. He pleads not guilty, but has chosen to remain silent. He is being held in solitary confinement in the county jail in Pontiac.
Shootings remain a recurring scourge in the United States, claiming many lives in a country where the right to own guns is constitutionally guaranteed. But lawsuits against relatives of their perpetrators are extremely rare.
I think it’s a crime
James Crumbley had bought the previous Friday, the day of the big Black Friday promotions, a Sig Sauer semi-automatic pistol as an early Christmas present for his son.
After the purchase, the teenager posted images of the weapon on social media, calling it
beauty. Police said he had recorded a video the day before the shooting on his cell phone announcing his intention to use his gun at school, without posting it on the Internet.
The next morning, Ethan Crumbley was summoned with his parents by the school administration, for drawings of a weapon and a bloody body accompanied by a smiling emoticon, as well as messages referring to death:
Help me my life is useless the world is dead blood everywhere, said the prosecutor.
To think that a parent could read these words knowing their son had access to a lethal weapon he gave them is incomprehensible, and I think it’s a crime., she asserted.
She also blames the parents for not asking their son where his gun was, which was in his backpack, and for refusing to bring the boy home.
Two hours after the meeting, he had come out of the bathroom, weapon in hand, methodically progressing through the halls of the school, shooting at high school students and at the doors of the classrooms where the students had barricaded themselves. He fired at least 30 bullets. According to the police, he had fired at random, without choosing previously identified victims.
Upon news of a school shooting, Jennifer Crumbley texted her son, writing
Ethan, don’t do it. Her father had reported the pistol missing from the drawer in which it was stored to the police.
These lawsuits are also a
message to gun owners that they have a responsibility, stressed Ms. McDonald, denouncing a law
inadequate of Michigan which does not require the keeping of a weapon under lock and key.
The tragedy created an atmosphere of psychosis in Michigan, where authorities are
flooded messages reporting threats against schools.
More than 60 schools have been closed statewide due to
threatening behavior, according to Oakland County Police, and most of those threats were bogus, she added.
There are those who think it’s funny, it isn’t, others think it’s a way to avoid going to class, it isn’t. It’s a crime, launched Thursday sheriff Michael Bouchard.
Their authors face 20 years imprisonment for
false terrorist threat, underlined Karen McDonald.