Fact check: FBI is not using threat tags on parents who protest at school board meetings
The FBI created tags to track threats against school officials, according to an email exchange between FBI personnel.The nature of the FBI's work in that sphere came into question Nov. 16, when Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, wrote a letter to Garland saying House Republicans received information from a whistleblower that the FBI was using a specific "threat tag" to track potential investigations.
A prosecutor said the parents ' actions went "far beyond negligence."
Rumble — A prosecutor said the parents ' actions went "far beyond negligence." Their 15-year-old son faces charges after a shooting at Oxford High School .
Parents in the U.S. are rarely charged in school shootings involving their children, even as most minors get guns from a parent or relative’s house, according to experts. There’s no Michigan law that requires gun owners keep weapons locked away from children.
Sheriff Mike Bouchard disclosed Wednesday that the parents met with school officials about their son’s classroom behavior, just a few hours before the shooting . McDonald said information about what had troubled the school “will most likely come to light soon.” Crumbley stayed in school Tuesday and later emerged from a bathroom
Guns used in U.S. school shootings have often come from the homes of young perpetrators, but parents are rarely charged for the violence that occurs, experts say. © Provided by Associated Press Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald addresses the media in her office, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Pontiac, Mich. McDonald filed involuntary manslaughter charges against Jennifer and James Crumbley, the parents of 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley, who is accused of killing four students at a Michigan high school. McDonald says the gun used in the shootings at Oxford High School was purchased by James Crumbley a week ago and given to the boy. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) © Provided by Associated Press Three Oakland County Sheriff's deputies survey the grounds outside of the Crumbley residence while seeking James and Jennifer Crumbley, parents of alleged Oxford High School shooter Ethan Crumbley, on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Oxford, Mich. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)
That's what makes the case against Ethan Crumbley's parents uncommon, following the fatal shooting of four students at Oxford High School in southeastern Michigan. Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said Jennifer and James Crumbley ignored opportunities to intervene, just a few hours before the bloodshed.
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"We want to praise the students who spoke up and let school administration know about the situation," a junior high school principal said.In a letter to families of students, the principal of Ohio's Milford Junior High School wrote that a student "was reported to have compiled a list of names of some fellow students and that this list was referred to as a 'kill list.
Parents may also be charged in another unusual move for failing to secure the handgun their son used.
Charges are also being considered against the shooter ’s parents , prosecutor Karen McDonald said, which would be a rare move in cases of school shootings and would probably be linked to access to firearms. McDonald, the Oakland county prosecutor, said 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley, who is charged as an adult, had clearly set out to kill or injure as many people as he could during the rampage at Oxford high school in suburban Detroit that left four students dead and seven
Dec 3 (Reuters) - Authorities on Friday searched for the parents of the Michigan teenager accused of murdering four students at his high school , hours after the couple was charged with involuntary manslaughter for buying their son the weapon as a Christmas gift and ignoring warning signs as late as the day of the
A fugitive warrant has been issued for James and Jennifer Crumbley, who had been scheduled for arraignment on four counts of manslaughter each later on Friday, three days after authorities say their 15-year-old son, Ethan, carried out the deadliest U.S. school shooting of 2021.
They're charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter, while Ethan, 15, is charged as an adult with murder, terrorism and other crimes.
The Crumbley parents and their lawyers haven't commented on the shooting or the charges.
Here's a look at the issues facing the parents:
WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE GUN?
The semi-automatic handgun used in the shooting Tuesday was purchased legally by James Crumbley on Nov. 26 while his son stood by at the shop, according to investigators. © Provided by Associated Press Three Oakland County Sheriff's deputies survey the grounds outside of the Crumbley residence while seeking James and Jennifer Crumbley, parents of alleged Oxford High School shooter Ethan Crumbley, on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Oxford, Mich. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, Jennifer Crumbley referred to it on social media as a “Christmas present” for her son, and Ethan posted a picture of it on social media, calling it his “new beauty,” McDonald said.
Expert: School should have flagged behavior before shooting
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — The warning signs were there: A search for gun ammunition on a cellphone, drawings of blood on a school desk and a written plea for help. But on Tuesday, roughly 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Detroit at Oxford High School, the student in question was sent back to the classroom after a school meeting with his parents. Three hours later four students were shot to death and six other students and a teacher were wounded. © Provided by Associated Press Vanessa LaBrie holds onto her two children, Kiersteyn Fields, 10, and her brother Landon Baker, 8 , as they stand in their yard up the road from Oxford High School on Thursday, Dec.
Prosecutors on Friday charged the parents of the 15-year-old male accused of opening fire at a Michigan high school this week, leaving four dead. James Crumbley and Jennifer Crumbley are each facing four counts of homicide manslaughter involuntary. They face up to 60 years in prison if
Ethan also posted on social media images of himself posing with the gun. An investigation revealed that the gun was stored in an unlocked drawer in the parents ’ bedroom. On the morning of the shooting , a teacher found a note on Ethan’s desk that alarmed her. It depicted a shooting and contained the
The parents of accused Michigan school shooter Ethan Crumbley are being hunted by state and federal authorities after going on the run, just hours after a prosecutor announced involuntary manslaughter charges against them and revealed stunning details about the murder weapon that was a Christmas
Police have issued a 'be on the lookout alert' and dispatched fugitive apprehension teams to search for James and Jennifer Crumbley, who were charged Friday with four counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with Tuesday's deadly shooting and have until 4pm to turn themselves in.
With some very limited exceptions, minors in Michigan aren't allowed to possess guns. But there is no Michigan law that requires owners to keep guns locked away from kids.
“So many states do. There’s 23 states plus Washington, D.C., that have some form of a secure storage law,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said.
WILL INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER BE TOUGH TO PROVE?
“It's an unusual charge to bring,” said Eve Brensike Primus, who teaches criminal procedure at University of Michigan law school.
Police said Ethan Crumbley emerged from a bathroom and started shooting other students in the hallway at Oxford High. A few hours earlier, he and his parents had met with school officials. A teacher had found a drawing on his desk with a gun pointing at the words, “The thoughts won’t stop. Help me,” according to the prosecutor. © Provided by Associated Press School Shooting Michigan
Ethan, who had no disciplinary record, was told to get counseling but was allowed to stay in school. His backpack was not checked for a weapon, McDonald said.
Oxford Police, Prosecutor Face Criticism for Allowing School Shooter's Parents To Get Away
One person on Twitter asked if the situation "could get anymore messed up."James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley, were reportedly labeled as "fugitives" by county officials after they left Oxford. Police had been attempting to arrest the pair on involuntary manslaughter charges after Ethan allegedly killed four students during a mass shooting.
Oxford High School shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley’s parents are expected to be arraigned at 4 p.m. ET Friday on four counts of involuntary manslaughter. Lt. Tim Willis, head of the special investigations unit at the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, presented the charges to Judge Julie Nicholson, who signed off on the charges .
McDonald said the investigation found that the gun purchased by the shooter 's father was stored in an unlocked drawer in James and Jennifer's bedroom.
Primus said authorities must show gross negligence by the parents and causation, or the act of causing something.
“The prosecutor is going to need facts to support the argument that these parents really knew there was a risk that their son would take a gun and shoot people dead,” she said. “Not just that their son was troubled in some way. This is a homicide charge that carries years in prison. This is not a small charge."
In 2000, a Flint-area man pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter after a 6-year-old boy who was living with him found a gun in a shoebox and killed a classmate.
WHY AREN'T PARENTS CHARGED MORE OFTEN?
A 2019 assessment by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security found that guns came from the home of a parent or close relative in 76% of school attacks where firearms were used. In about half, the firearms were easily accessible.
But laws aimed at restricting gun access are not always enforced and vary in strength, experts say.
“Our laws haven’t really adapted to the reality of school shootings, and the closest we have are these child access prevention laws,” said Kris Brown, president of the Brady gun control advocacy group
In 2020, the mother of an Indiana teen was placed on probation for failing to remove guns from her home after her mentally ill son threatened to kill students. He fired shots inside his school in 2018. No one was injured but the boy killed himself.
In Washington state, the father of a boy who killed four students at a high school in 2014 was convicted of illegally possessing firearms. He was not charged for the shooting, although one of his guns was used.
AP reporter Sophia Tareen in Chicago contributed to this story.
Why Ethan Crumbley's Parents Face Manslaughter Charges When Only One Allegedly Bought Gun .
James Crumbley bought the gun Ethan allegedly used in the November 30 shooting, but his wife is also facing charges of involuntary manslaughter.Some people have questioned why Jennifer Crumbley received the same four counts of involuntary manslaughter as her husband when McDonald has stated the father bought the weapon for Ethan.