Michigan school shooting: Ethan Crumbley’s mom texted him ‘don’t do it’

Michigan school shooting: Ethan Crumbley’s mom texted him ‘don’t do it’
The teen’s mother, Jennifer Crumbley, also allegedly laughed off his son being caught reading about ammunition while in class

Die ma van Ethan Crumbley, the 15-year-old boy accused of killing four classmates at his Oxford, Michigan high school, sent him texts warning him not to get caught after the boy was found reading about ammunition on his phone while in class and telling him “don’t so it” after initial reports of shots fired at the school became public.

Mr Crumbley’s parents Jennifer and James Crumbley were each charged with four counts of involuntary manslag op Vrydag.

Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald revealed Jennifer Crumbley’s troubling texts during a press conference announcing the charges.

Ethan don’t do it,” she texted her son after news reports began circulating that shots had been fired at the high school, Ms McDonald said. Her husband rushed home to look for the gun and called 911 to report it missing. He told the dispatcher that he believed his son was the shooter at the high school.

LOL I’m not mad at you, you have to learn not to get caught,” the woman allegedly texted her son after he was caught searching ammunition on his phone at school and officials contacted the parents about it.

The handgun Mr Crumbley used in the shooting was purchased for him by his father, Ms McDonald said.

He allegedly shared a social media post about the weapon the day after it was bought, saying he wastesting out his new Christmas present”.

James and Jennifer Crumbley are seen during their son’s arraignment on Wednesday

News reports revealed that Jennifer Crumbley once wrote an open letter to former President Donald Trump praising his support of gun rights.

"As 'n vrou en 'n makelaar, dankie dat jy my reg toegelaat het om wapens te dra. Allowing me to be protected if I show a home to someone with bad intentions,” she wrote in November 2016. “Thank you for respecting that Amendment.

While his mother may have conservative political views, there is no currently available evidence to suggest Mr Crumbley’s shooting was politically motivated or influenced by his mother’s views. Prosecutors have argued that his parents lax control over their personal weapons directly contributed to Ethan’s ability to carry out the attack.

Ms McDonald said the parentsactions went “far beyond negligence”.

“The parents were the only individuals in the position to know the access to weapons”, sy het gese, noting that the gunseems to have been just freely available to that individual”, referring to Ethan.

Indien skuldig bevind, the parents may face up to 15 jaar tronkstraf. Their son, Ethan, had been charged as an adult with crimes including murder, attempted murder and terrorism. Three students remain hospitalised in stable condition.

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