Head of school: Discipline is not necessary for the boy before the shooting | Michigan News


By COREY WILLIAMS and ED WHITE, Associated Press

OXFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – A teenager accused of killing four students at a Michigan high school was called to the office before the shooting, but “no discipline was warranted,” the superintendent said in his opening remarks Thursday prolonged since the tragedy.

Tim Throne, head of Oxford community schools, said Oxford secondary school looks like a “war zone” and will not be ready for weeks. But he has repeatedly credited students and staff for the way they responded to the violence on Tuesday.

“To say I’m still in shock and numb is probably an understatement. These events that have happened will not define us, ”Throne said, face dark and speaking slowly, in a 12-minute video.

Ethan Crumbley, 15, has been charged as an adult with two dozen felonies, including murder, attempted murder and terrorism, for the shooting at the Oakland County school, about 50 miles away north of Detroit.

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“I want you to know that there was a lot of talk about the student who was apprehended, he was called into the office and all that stuff. No discipline was justified, ”said Throne. “There is no disciplinary file in high school. Yes, this student had contact with our front office and, yes, his parents were on campus on November 30th.

Throne said he couldn’t immediately release further details. Sheriff Mike Bouchard said Crumbley’s behavior in class was a concern on the day of the shooting.

In his remarks, the superintendent said he was asking the sheriff’s office to publicly release the school video starting Tuesday.

“I want you to be as proud of your sons and daughters as I am,” Throne said.

Earlier Thursday, a prosecutor reiterated her criticism of Crumbley’s parents, saying their actions went “far beyond negligence” and that an indictment decision would come on Friday.

“Parents were the only people who knew about access to guns,” Oakland County District Attorney Karen McDonald said. The weapon “appears to have just been freely available to this individual.”

Four students were killed and seven others were injured. Three were hospitalized in stable condition.

The semi-automatic pistol was bought legally by Crumbley’s father last week, investigators said.

In the United States, parents are rarely charged with school shootings involving their children, even though most minors get guns from the home of a relative or loved one, experts say.

No Michigan law requires gun owners to keep guns out of the reach of children. McDonald, however, suggested there was more to show.

“All I can say at this point is that these actions on behalf of mommy and daddy go way beyond neglect,” she told WJR-AM. “We’re obviously chasing the shooter whenever possible. … There are other people who should be held accountable.

Later, at a press conference, McDonald’s said she hoped to have an announcement “within the next 24 hours.” She had firmly signaled that Crumbley’s parents were under surveillance when she filed charges against their son on Wednesday.

Jennifer and James Crumbley did not respond to a message left by The Associated Press.

The sheriff revealed on Wednesday that the parents had met with school officials about their son’s behavior in class, just hours before the shooting.

Crumbley stayed in school Tuesday and later came out of a bathroom with a gun, shooting students in the hallway, police said.

“Should different decisions have been made? McDonald said when asked to keep the teenager in school. “They’ll probably come to that conclusion. … I did not see anything that could make me think that there is criminal guilt. terrible tragedy.

William Swor, a defense attorney who is not involved in the case, said the indictment of the parents would require a “very factual investigation”.

“What did they know and when did they know it? Swor said. “What prior information did they have on all of these things? Did they know anything about his attitude, things of that nature. You talk about a very heavy burden to be placed on parents.

Just over half of U.S. states have gun-related child access prevention laws, but they vary widely. Gun control advocates say laws are often not enforced and penalties weak.

“Our laws have not really adapted to the reality of school shootings and the laws that come closest to it are these laws on preventing access for children,” said Kris Brown, chairman of the group. Brady gun control defense.

In 2000, a man from the Flint area made a clear plea of ​​manslaughter and was sentenced to two years in prison. A 6-year-old boy who lived with him found a gun in a shoebox and killed a classmate at school.

In 2020, the mother of a teenager from Indiana was placed on probation for failing to remove the guns from her home after her mentally ill son threatened to kill students. He fired shots inside his school in 2018. No one was hurt but the boy committed suicide.

In Texas, the parents of a student accused of killing 10 people at a school in 2018 have been sued for gaining access to guns.

Meanwhile, dozens of schools in southeast Michigan canceled classes Thursday over concerns over threatening social media posts in the wake of the Oxford shooting. Others planned to join them and close on Friday.

“We know from research and experience that learning is next to impossible when students and staff don’t feel safe,” Grosse Pointe Superintendent Jon Dean told families.

Bouchard said no threat in Oakland County was found to be credible. Just north of Genesee County, a teenage girl from Flint was accused of making a fake threat when she recorded a video while driving a school bus and posted it online.

“If you make threats, we’ll find you,” Bouchard said. “It’s ridiculous that you are stoking the fears of parents, teachers in the community in the midst of a real tragedy.

This story has been corrected to correct the spelling of the Superintendent’s last name.

AP reporters Kathleen Foody and Sophia Tareen in Chicago contributed to this story.

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