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Parents of suspected Michigan shooter charged with involuntary manslaughter. What’s next?

The Crumbleys have not cooperated with authorities in the shooting case yet

Ethan Crumbley appears in front of Judge Nancy Carniak in Rochester Hills, Mich.
Ethan Crumbley appears on a video arraignment at the 52nd District Court in front of Judge Nancy Carniak in Rochester Hills, Mich., on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. Crumbley’s parents were charged Friday with involuntary manslaughter, per The Associated Press.
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The parents of the suspect in the Oxford High School shooting in Michigan were charged Friday with involuntary manslaughter, per The Associated Press.

Jennifer and James Crumbley were charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter, per NBC News.

  • James Crumbley bought the weapon for his son before the shooting.
  • According to NBC News, Michigan law states that “an involuntary manslaughter charge can be pursued if prosecutors believe someone contributed to a situation where harm or death was high.”

The couple could face 15 years in prison.

Ethan Crumbley, 15, has been charged as an adult with two dozen crimes in the school shooting outside of Detroit, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

Two teachers at Oxford High School in Oxford, Michigan, separately said they had concerns about Crumbley in the days leading up to the shooting.

  • Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard told CNN that the first report came after “a teacher in the classroom where he (Crumbley) was a student saw and heard something that she felt was disturbing.”
  • The second report came “a different teacher in a different classroom saw some behavior that they felt was concerning, and they brought the child down to an office, had a meeting with school officials, called in the parents, and ultimately it was determined that he could go back into class,” he told CNN.