OXFORD TOWNSHIP, MI – Red Voice Media previously reported on Ethan Crumbley, the 15-year-old that is accused of a shooting at Oxford High School that killed four and wounded seven others. It’s been disclosed that a teacher raised concerns over actions taken by Crumbley prior to the incident taking place.
Reportedly, the school counselors told Crumbley’s parents during their November 30 meeting (hours before the shooting occurred) that they had 48 hours to find counseling for Ethan or “the school would contact Child Protective Services.”
District superintendent Tim Thorne released a letter on Saturday that told the community concerns had been raised over drawings and statements by Crumbley, but the school elected to keep the situation at the school’s guidance counselor level rather than reporting it up the chain and/or involving police.
“While we understand this decision has caused anger, confusion and prompted understandable questioning,” the letter said, “the counselors made a judgment based on their professional training and clinical experience and did not have all the facts we now know. Our counselors are deeply committed longstanding school members who have dedicated their lives to supporting students and addressing student mental health and behavioral issues.”
My question: Was law enforcement included in the behavioral evaluation of the attacker?
It appears school officials tried to evaluate the risk without the help of law enforcement. That's not a valid behavioral threat assessment process. https://t.co/65qbgpYy0x
— Ryan Petty (@rpetty) December 5, 2021
Reportedly, Crumbley claimed the drawings and statements were in relation to a video game he was working on designing.
“On the morning of Nov. 30,” the letter read, “a teacher observed concerning drawings and written statements that have been detailed in media reports, which the teacher reported to school counselors and the Dean of students. The student was immediately removed from the classroom and brought to the guidance counselor’s office where he claimed the drawing was part of a video game he was designing and informed counselors that he planned to pursue video game design as a career.”
It was also reported that Crumbley’s parents, Jennifer and James, were called to the school for a meeting with the counselor on the morning of the shooting. The counselor asked Crumbley’s parents to take him home for the day, but “they flatly refused and left without their son, apparently to return to work.” Crumbley remained at school after the meeting.
“At no time did counselors believe the student might harm others based on his behavior, responses and demeanor, which appeared calm,” Thorne’s letter continued. “In addition, despite media reports, whether or not the gun was in his backpack has not been confirmed by law enforcement to our knowledge nor by our investigation at this time.”
Ethan Crumbley is facing many charges, including one count of terrorism resulting in death, four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to murder, and 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He’s plead not guilty and is being held without bail.
James and Jennifer both face charges of four counts each of involuntary manslaughter. Both plead not guilty and both are being held on $500,000 bonds.