US school shooter's mother sentenced to death

A jury found the mother of a school shooter guilty of her child's murder.

The mother of a teenage school shooter who killed four of her classmates has been convicted of four counts of involuntary manslaughter. According to prosecutors in Oakland County, Michigan, the mother is responsible for her son's actions because she and her husband gave him the gun.

The jury said Jennifer Crumblin, 45, pleaded guilty to four counts of involuntary manslaughter or manslaughter. It is said to be the first time in the US that a parent has been convicted of a school shooting by their child.

Crumple's Criminal Title Manslaughter, which has no direct equivalent in the Finnish legal system. In Finland, its closest equivalent is murder or causing death.

Crumbley faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. His sentencing will be read out on April 9.

Crumble's wife too James Crumble47, faces trial. His trial will begin on March 5. He is also a suspect Manslaughterwith titles.

Son of Jennifer and James Crumbley Ethan In 2021, he shot and killed four of his classmates at Oxford High School near Detroit. At the time of the crime, Ethan was 15 years old. He pleaded guilty to four counts of murder, for which he was sentenced in December to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The school shooter's mother, Jennifer Crumbley, was convicted of four counts of involuntary manslaughter. EPA/AOP

The parents bought their son a gun

Gun safety advocates hope Crumble's conviction will set a precedent that will encourage parents to store their guns more carefully. According to news agency Reuters, three out of four school shooters had purchased weapons at home.

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Oakland County prosecutors said at the hearing that even though Jennifer Crumbley didn't pull the trigger, she did carelessly store the gun and ammunition, which is why she should be tried for the high school student's death.

According to prosecutors, Jennifer and James Crumble knew their son was mentally ill, but bought the gun used in the school shooting as a Christmas present for their son.

In Michigan, people under the age of 18 are only allowed to use firearms while hunting or on a shooting range under the supervision of an adult.

The Oxford community mourned the high school students who died in December 2021. EPA/AOP

Parents were alerted the day of the shooting

On the morning of the school shooting, the teacher finds Ethan's drawings of guns, bullets, and blood. Along with the drawings were written, among others, “Blood everywhere”, “My life is worthless” and “Thoughts won't stop – help me”.

Ethan's parents were called to the school that morning and told that Ethan needed mental health care. The parents refused to take their son home and did not search his bag, prosecutors told the court.

Ethan was allowed to return to class. Later in the afternoon, after returning from the bathroom, he took out a gun and shot dead four of his classmates.

James Crumbley at a court hearing in December 2021. EPA/AOP

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