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“I certainly do not suggest that parents should be prosecuted criminally for any wrongdoing by a child,” McDonald told CNN’s Brianna Keilar. “But in this case, it is impossible to look at their actions and say that they had no reason to believe that there was real concern about a violent act.”

Ethan Crumbley, 15, is accused of shooting four classmates fatally and injuring several others on Nov. 30. His parents were charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter in the same incident. All three have pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors allege that James Crumbley, the father of the suspected shooter, bought the gun used for the shooting four days earlier. His mother, Jennifer, wrote about the gun on social media, calling it “his new Christmas present.”
“All of this could have been prevented if he had not had access (to a gun), or if just one of these parents had said, ‘I’m worried about what I’m seeing right now, and I want too, “You should know. We just bought him a gun for Christmas, ‘and it did not happen,” McDonald said, adding that the evidence against them is “just really hard to resist.”
These are red flags that students and schools can look for to help prevent school shootings
Crumbley had a meeting with school officials and his parents on Tuesday after a teacher was concerned about violent statements and drawings he was making. After being asked to find counseling within 48 hours and being allowed to return to class, he began shooting others between classes.
Prosecutors say it is likely the firearm was in his backpack during the meeting and the school had legal reason to search his bag and locker.

The four students killed: Madisyn Baldwin, 17; Tate Myre, 16; Hana St. Juliana, 14; and Justin Shilling, 17. Six other students and a teacher were shot.

Warning signs were missing

Casey Smith, whose daughter is a student at Oxford High and stood in the hallway near where the shooting started, told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Monday that he and others find it “incredibly frustrating” that several warning signs in the days and hours led up. until the shooting was missed.

“It is clear that something should have been done and there was an opportunity to do something that could have prevented this terrible tragedy,” he said.

These are red flags that students and schools can keep an eye on to prevent school violence

But spotting red flags can sometimes be a challenge for schools, Chris Dorn, a senior analyst at non-profit campus security organization Safe Havens International, told CNN on Monday because “educators are not designed to look for the danger, to look for the next asset. shooter. Their job is to educate and raise children. “

Smith praised “the courage of these children in this community,” and said his daughter and friends hope to return to school.

“It just speaks to their character. It’s great for me,” he said. “We just need – as parents and a community and as a state – not just to make them feel safe, but to make sure they are safe now so they can do it.”

In a Sunday letter to the school community, Oxford Community Schools Superintendent Tim Throne said a district reopening plan includes a “soft opening” with a law enforcement presence as well as trained clinicians to support students and staff.

Elementary schools and a few select programs return Friday for half a day and December 13 for full days.

He added that it will take “quite some time before the high school is ready to function as an educational framework again.”

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel told CNN’s Don Lemon on Monday that state officials had offered to conduct a full review of the events leading up to the shooting and that she was “quite frankly disappointed” that the school district will go with a private security guard. fixed instead.
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On Saturday, Throne told families that the district had asked for an “independent security consultant” to review all district security practices and procedures.

“Of course, we hope the school district cares as much about the safety of their students as they do about protecting themselves from civil liability,” Nessel said. “We want to talk to the parents and students of Oxford and see what it is they want to see happen and I’m sure they will express their feelings about the rejection of our offer.”

CNN has contacted Oxford Community Schools for comment.

While the investigation into the timeline of events continues, Crumbleys is being held in the Oakland County Jail.

Parents of Michigan school shooting suspects held on $ 500,000 bail each
But because the accused shooter is a young man and is in another part of the facility, he would have no possible interactions with his imprisoned parents, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard told CNN’s Michael Smerconish.

Male and female populations are also separated, Bouchard said.

Crumbley is aware that his parents are in custody, according to Paulette Michel Loftin, Crumbley’s court-appointed attorney.

Ethan Crumbley’s next trial date is Dec. 13 and will take place over Zoom, Loftin said. This trial will set a date for Crumbley’s next appearance and preliminary investigation, with prosecutors expected to provide even more evidence and the judge will decide to proceed with the trial.

Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald filed charges of involuntary manslaughter against Jennifer and James Crumbley.

Search warrant issued after Crumbleys’ arrest

Meanwhile, a search warrant was executed Monday at the home of a man who may have helped James and Jennifer Crumbley before their arrest, when the couple was later found in his work area.
The parents were due to attend a court hearing on Friday to be charged, but their absence made them flee and led authorities on the hunt for the couple. The couple was found in an industrial building in nearby Detroit early the next day after police received a tip that their vehicle was nearby.

Authorities seized “several digital devices” from Andrzej Sikora’s home, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

Sikora is cooperative, Oakland County Deputy Sheriff Michael G. McCabe told CNN. He and his lawyer, Clarence Dass, volunteered to enter the sheriff’s office on Monday, where Sikora was interviewed for 90 minutes.

“Mr. Sikora fully cooperated and answered all law enforcement questions,” a statement from Dass said. “Mr. Sikora did not help the Crumbley family evade law enforcement, did not know there was an arrest warrant for their arrest, and did not know they were at his art studio at the time of their arrest. He has not been charged with any crime., and will continue to assist law enforcement members in their pursuit of justice. “

Dass told CNN Sunday that his client knew Crumbleys was using his workplace, but he “did not really know what was going on” and did not know the couple “had active rulings” when they were discovered and subsequently arrested, adding, that Sikora “was caught in it.”

A statement from the sheriff’s office said the verdict was executed “immediately after questioning” and the main question for investigators is “what did Sikora know and when did he know.”

CNN’s Sonia Moghe, Carolyn Sung, Mark Morales, Artemis Moshtaghian, Kiely Westhoff, Tina Burnside, Amir Vera, Ralph Ellis, Satyam Kaswala and Zachary Slater contributed to this report.

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