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The parents of the teen suspect accused of killing four students after opening fire inside a Michigan high school earlier this week are now facing involuntary manslaughter charges as prosecutors on Friday revealed text messages they allegedly sent to their son before and after the attack. At least three of the injured victims have been released from the hospital, including the 47-year-old teacher who was shot in the shoulder. Fox News’ Paul Best contributed to this report. Get all the stories you need-to-know from the most powerful name in news delivered first thing every morning to your inbox.

Suspect’s Parents Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter in Michigan School Shooting . Pontiac, Mich. (AP) -- A prosecutor says the parents of a teen accused of killing four students at a Michigan high school were summoned a few hours earlier after a teacher found a drawing of a gun, a person bleeding and the words “help me.” Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald made the disclosure Friday as she filed involuntary manslaughter charges against Jennifer and James Crumbley, the parents of 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley.

Prosecutors charged the parents of a 15-year-old suspected school shooter with four counts of involuntary manslaughter in a rare move that sent shockwaves across the country.

Crumbley's patents are seen via a video call during their son's arraignment on December 1. © WDIV Crumbley's patents are seen via a video call during their son's arraignment on December 1.

Ethan Crumbley, who is accused of killing four students and injuring seven others at Oxford High School in Michigan on Tuesday, has already been charged as an adult with terrorism, murder, assault and other counts. On Friday, Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald called the actions of his parents, James and Jennifer Crumbly, "criminal."

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— A prosecutor in Michigan filed involuntary manslaughter charges Friday against the parents of a boy who is accused of killing four students at Oxford High School, after saying earlier that their actions went “far beyond negligence.” Jennifer and James Crumbley were charged with four counts of 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

(AP) — A prosecutor in Michigan will announce a charging decision Friday involving the parents of a boy who is accused of killing four students at Oxford High School, after saying earlier that their actions went “far beyond negligence,” her office said. “ The parents were the only individuals in the position Ethan Crumbley, 15, has been charged as an adult with two dozen crimes, including murder, attempted murder and terrorism, for the shooting Tuesday at Oxford High School in Oakland County, roughly 30 miles north of Detroit. Jennifer and James Crumbley did not return a message left by The Associated

"I have tremendous compassion and empathy for parents who have children struggling. I am, by no means, saying that an active shooter situation should always result in a criminal prosecution against parents. But the facts of this case are so egregious," McDonald added.

Ethan Crumbley was present when his father purchased a Sig Sauer gun just four days before the shooting, McDonald said. The teenager called the gun "my new beauty" on social media, while his mother referred to the weapon as "his new Christmas present," according to McDonald. After a teacher said she saw Ethan Crumbley searching ammunition on his phone during class, school officials tried to contact the parents the night before the shooting -- but got no response. The mother however, exchanged text messages with her son that day, and wrote, "LOL, I'm not mad at you. You have to learn not to get caught," according to McDonald. When another teacher found a disturbing note on the student's desk the morning of the shooting, both parents were summoned to school and told to get their son counseling, the prosecutor said. But the parents then left and the boy was sent back to class.

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The parents of Ethan Crumbley, the suspected shooter at Oxford High School in Michigan , have each been charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter. In announcing the charges Friday, Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald laid out a disturbing timeline in explaining why James and Jennifer Crumbley were charged in the shooting deaths. "I want to be really clear that these charges are intended to hold the individuals who contributed to this tragedy accountable," McDonald said, "and also send a message that gun owners have a responsibility."

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. Under Michigan law, an involuntary manslaughter charge can be pursued if prosecutors believe someone contributed to a situation where harm or death was high. If convicted, they could face up to 15 years in prison. “ The parents were the only individuals in the position to know the access to weapons,” Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said Thursday.

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It's unconscionable that his dad purchased the weapon, and that both parents failed to take the school's warnings seriously, even though they knew their son had access to a gun, which, according to McDonald, was not securely locked away. As a mother, it's particularly astonishing to me that another parent would fail to take the proper safety precautions, especially given the circumstances the school officials raised. We as parents, of course, rely on one another to exercise good judgment in order to keep all our children safe. The Crumbleys' apparent lack of concern for the welfare of the other children in their community is absolutely staggering.

Charging James and Jennifer Crumbly in this case serves as a wake-up call to parents and other gun owners that they need to be more responsible when it comes to safeguarding their weapons. McDonald's actions in this case are entirely justified -- and the move to prosecute the parents could serve as a powerful warning that helps reduce the number of school shootings in this country.

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A prosecutor in Michigan filed involuntary manslaughter charges Friday against the parents of a boy who is accused of killing four students at Oxford High School, after saying earlier that their actions went “far beyond negligence," her office said. Jennifer and James Crumbley were charged with four Ethan Crumbley, 15, has been charged as an adult with two dozen crimes, including murder, attempted murder and terrorism, for the shooting Tuesday at Oxford High School in Oakland County, roughly 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Detroit. Four students were killed and seven more people were injured.

Of course, charging the two parents in this case is not enough to solve the problem of gun violence in this country. As my fellow CNN Opinion contributor Julian Zelizer explained, what this country really needs is stricter gun control laws. Lawmakers who have been derelict in their duties to pass this desperately-needed legislation also deserve a good share of the blame for the deaths of so many young children.

News of the shooting was, sadly, shockingly familiar to Americans. The school shooting was the deadliest since May 2018, according to a CNN tally. And there have been 48 shootings so far this year on K-12 campuses, 32 of them since August 1. There's nothing normal about the fact that these shootings are now so common that parents actually worry about sending their kids to school.

While we wait for the solutions we really need, the move to charge Crumbley's parents and the potential for others to be held accountable for helping kids get their hands on guns could make a positive impact. This strategy clearly isn't a panacea, but this country needs to use every tool at its disposal right now to try to stop school shootings.

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.

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