On November 30, 2021, Ethan Crumbley, 15, brought a gun to school and shot at his teachers and classmates. He killed four students and wounded seven others.
Crumbley’s father, James Crumbley, purchased a Sig Sauer SP2022 semi-automatic pistol along with three 14-round magazines on November 26, 2021. Three days later, a teacher reported Crumbley’s behavior to school officials. According to CNN, “a teacher in the classroom where he [Crumbley] was a student saw and heard something that she felt was disturbing.” A counseling session was held and Crumbley’s parents were informed via telephone.
At 10:00am, November 30, 2021, Crumbley’s parents were called into school because he showed more concerning behavior. School administrators had a meeting with them and Crumbley went back to class. It is unknown what was observed by either teacher.
According to Prosecutors, video school surveillance shows Crumbley entering a bathroom with a bag at 12:51. He left about one or two minutes later with a gun in his hand. Upon exiting, he started shooting at students. He walked down the halls and shot as students ran. According to the prosecutor, the shooting lasted about 4 to 5 minutes. Crumbley went into another bathroom, set the gun down, and surrendered to authorities. He had 18 live rounds in the gun and police retrieved thirty casings were from the scene.
As the shooting was going on, students were hiding and calling 911. The first 911 call came into dispatchers at 12:51pm. Over the course of the incident, there were over 100 calls placed to 911. Eleven people were shot. Four students were killed; 6 students and 1 teacher were wounded.
During the arraignment, prosecutors explained that Crumbley’s social media and cellphone records showed that this was a planned incident. A journal was also obtained from Crumbley depicting plans of shooting students. The prosecutors asked for Crumbley to be transferred from Children’s village, a juvenile detention center, to the Oakland County Jail, a center for adults. The judge approved this request and Crumbley will be held insolation away from any adult inmates.
As of now, Crumbley will receive a public defender. He is being charged as an adult for the following crimes:
– 1 Count of Terrorism Causing Death
– 4 Counts of First-Degree Murder
– 7 Counts of Assault with Intent to Murder
– 12 Counts of Possession of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony
Crumbley is due back in court on December 20, 2021.
On November 30, 2021, a teacher came across a note on Crumbley’s desk a drawing of a semi automatic handgun with the quote “The thoughts won’t stop, help me”. The note also depicted a picture of a bullet with the words “blood everywhere”. In between both drawings is a photo of a person being shot twice with a laughing emoji drawn below. The note also stated, “My life is useless” and “The world is dead.”
The parents were immediately contacted and Crumbley was brought to an office, with his backpack. By the time the meeting the took place, Crumbley had scratched out the gun and the bloody person and help me and my life is useless, blood is everywhere, and the world is dead. The parents were told that due to the nature of the note Crumbley had to be enrolled in therapy within 24 hours. The parents did not ask their son if he had his gun, that they had recently bought, with him. According to the Prosecutor, “the parents resisted the idea” of taking Crumbley out of school and left without him. Crumbley went back to school.
When news of the shooting broke, Crumbley’s mother texted her son at 1:22pm “Ethan, don’t do it.” At 1:37pm James Crumbley called 911 to report one of their guns missing and he believed his son to be the shooter. The gun was stored unlocked in their home.
At the moment a BOLO has been placed for the parents and they are both wanted on 4 counts of involuntary manslaughter each.
At approximately 1:45am the parents of Ethan Crumbley, Jennifer and James Crumbley were arrested in Detroit.