“Parents” of Michigan School Shooter Get 10–15 Years for “Lack of Acts” in Preventing Shooting

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Jennifer and James Crumbley, parents of Michigan school shooter Ethan Crumbly, found themselves quickly in the spotlight following their son shooting up Oxford High School on November 30, 2021. Shooting and killing four in the attack, Ethan has already been sentenced to life behind bars without the possibility of parole.

From the investigation into the shooting, officials decided to charge the parents for their culpability in the attacks. As the Associated Press reported, “the Crumbleys were accused of not securing the newly purchased gun at home and acting indifferently to signs of Ethan’s deteriorating mental health, especially when confronted with a chilling classroom drawing earlier that same day.”

During the parent’s trial, prosecutors argued that simple gun safety techniques, hell, even basic parenting, could have prevented the attacks from happening. Back in February, Jennifer testified to her extramarital affair, which many believe could have been a contributing factor. They also brought up James’ decision to purchase the gun used in the attack for his son just days prior on Black Friday 2021.

Convicted on four counts of involuntary manslaughter, they were persecuted for each child killed. Now sentenced to 10-15 years each, Oakland County Judge Cheryl Matthews told the parents, “These convictions are not about poor parenting, these convictions confirm repeated acts, or lack of acts, that could have halted an oncoming runaway train.”

This represents the first time parents have been tried for blame for the murder committed by their child, and also the first conviction on such charges. For many, this is a horrific injustice and goes squarely against the Second Amendment. Given all of the information and the piss-poor decision-making by the “parents” this kid had, it’s a wonder only four were killed. They gave him none of the good he needed, and instead flooded him with the worst things ever.