- The 15-year-old boy arrested for the Michigan high school shooting was charged as an adult.
- The minor’s parents had been summoned to the school hours before the massacre to discuss the suspect’s behavior.
- Authorities say the shooting was premeditated.
The parents of the teenager accused of killing four students at a Michigan school were called in to discuss his behavior just hours before the shooting, a sheriff said. The information was revealed on Wednesday when 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley was charged as an adult with two dozen crimes, including murder, attempted murder, and terrorism, in a shooting on Tuesday at Oxford High School in Oakland County, Michigan.
According to the assistant district attorney, Marc Keast, the teenager, “deliberately brought the handgun that day with the intent to murder as many students as he could.” Keast defended Crumbley’s non-bail and a transfer to jail from a juvenile facility, the Associated Press reported.
Was the shooting premeditated?
The authorities have not identified a motive. However, Karen McDonald, the prosecutor, said that the, “mountain of digital evidence,” points to a premeditated shooting. The investigators discovered a video recorded the night before the tragedy. In the video, Crumbley spoke of killing students, Lt. Tim Willis of the sheriff’s office said.
“This was not just an impulsive act,” McDonald told the reporters. At his arraignment, Crumbley said he understood the charges against him. His defense attorney, Scott Kozak, submitted a not guilty plea.
Could the tragedy have been avoided?
According to reporters, Sheriff Mike Bouchard said that Crumbley’s parents were at the school on Tuesday because they were called to discuss his disturbing behavior in the classroom. However, the teenager remained at the school, and the shooting occurred a few hours later.
Bouchard did not specify what concerned the school officials. He said the investigators believe the gun was already in the school, which had 1,700 students. “There is nothing that he could have faced that would warrant senseless, absolutely brutal violence on other kids,” the sheriff said. He also observed that the teenager had 18 extra rounds of ammunition when he was arrested.
Suspect had left ghoulish clues about what he planned to do
Keast described the events in court: Crumbley was carrying a backpack when he entered a bathroom. Then, he came out holding a gun. He shot students as he made his way down the hall. Four students died: Tate Myre, 16; Hana St. Juliana, 14; and Madisyn Baldwin and Justin Shilling, both 17.
Three students were hospitalized. A 17-year-old girl is in critical condition. Those who suffered minor injuries were discharged. Officers rushed to the school around noon on Tuesday. They caught Crumbley within minutes of his attack. The sheriff confirmed that it was his father who bought the Sig Sauer 9 mm gun last week.
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