Shooting at Michigan High School

The morning of November 30th: for most families around the United States this was a normal morning. However, for the kids and staff of Oxford High School in Michigan it was not normal. At approximately 12:52, the Oakland County Police Department received over a hundred phone calls about gunshots at the high school. Ethan Crumbley shot and killed four students and injured seven others.

But what makes this story stand out from other school shootings are the warnings and red flags that popped up around Ethan just days before the shooting. On November 26th, Ethan’s father James Crumbley purchased the gun at a local gun shop. Ethan also posted photos of the gun on social media with the writing, “Just got my new beauty today.” On November 27th, Ethan’s mother Jennifer posted on social media “Mom and son day, testing out his new Christmas present”. Then on Monday, November 29th, a teacher at Oxford reported to the school that Ethan was searching up ammunition during class. The school reached out to Jennifer Crumbly for an in-person meeting that morning. When Ethan texted his mother about the incident, she reportedly responded with “LOL I’m not mad. You have to learn not to get caught”.

On Tuesday morning, November 30th (three hours before the shooting), a teacher found a disturbing note written by Ethan Crumbley, The teacher took images of the note and passed it onto school officials.

At 10:00 am the morning of the shooting, both of Ethan’s parents met with school officials about his concerning behavior. Two hours and 50 minutes after this meeting started, Ethan went to the bathroom with his bookbag, and after leaving the bathroom began to fire his 9 mm Sig Sauer SP2022 pistol which his father had just bought four days prior.

When news about the shooting became public, Jennifer Crumbley texted her son, “Ethan, don’t do it”. Ethan Crumbly has been charged with one count of terrorism causing death, four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to murder, and twelve counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Ethan Crumbley (age 15) will be tried as an adult. For the four lives lost at Oxford, candlelight vigils are being held across the nation. 

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