An adviser to a 15-year-old boy accused of killing four students at a high school in Michigan said that the morning after the shooting he told the teen’s parents that he believed their son was threatening himself and needed mental health support.
“I said as soon as possible today, if possible,” Sean Hopkins said Thursday at a preliminary hearing of Jennifer and James Crumbley. But as he testified, Jennifer Crumbley told him that “today was not an option because they had to go back to work.”
“I didn’t want Ethan to be alone at home,” Hopkins added.
Ethan Crumbley as an adult is charged with first-degree murder, assault with intent to kill, terrorism and the use of weapons in the Nov. 30 shooting at Oxford High School, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Detroit. In addition to the four students killed, six other students and a teacher were injured.
A judge presiding over the trial in Rochester Hills County Court will decide whether there is enough evidence to send Crumbley to trial for manslaughter. They are accused that the gun used in the shooting was available to the teenager and did not intervene if he had signs of mental disorder at home and at school.
In the morning, during the shooting, Ethan’s parents were called to the school and confronted with pictures of him with a gun and the words: “Thoughts do not stop. Help me. ”Authorities said his parents refused to take him home after a 13-minute meeting.
Hopkins testified that at this meeting he provided Ethan’s parents with a list of resources to support mental health and that when it ended, Jennifer Crumbley asked, “Are we done?”
“I wrote Ethan a pass to class,” Hopkins continued. “I told him, ‘I just want you to know that I care about you.’ I don’t remember them saying goodbye (to Ethan). “
Earlier on Thursday, lawyers asked Auckland County Sheriff Detective Edward Wagrawski if Jennifer and James Crumbley knew their son was planning the shooting.
Videos and text messages between Ethan and his friend Brady in August show Ethan with a gun and invite Brady to the shooting range, said Shannon Smith, attorney for Jennifer Crumbley.
“A friend says something like ‘Nice.’ Now pull the trigger. jk, jk, jk, ”Smith told Wagrowski, who explained that“ jk ”is short for“ joke ”.
“Ethan is responsible for how his dad left the gun, but Ethan knows the safety of the weapon, so it’s not a problem. And then he says, “Now it’s time to shoot the school. JK JK JK JK, ”Smith said.
“This conversation existed between Ethan and his friend, but was there no such conversation between Ethan and his mother or Ethan and his father?” Smith asked what Wagowski said “no” to.
But prosecutors hinted at a rift between Ethan and his parents, including texts to his friend in which he talks about his “dark side”.
“In a text dated April 5, 2021, Ethan writes,“ Now my mom thinks I’m taking drugs. She thinks the reason I’m so crazy and sad all the time is that I’m on drugs and she’s not worried about my mental health, “said Assistant Prosecutor Mark Kist. “And then he writes, ‘They make me feel like a problem.'”
The day before the shooting, the school left a voicemail message for Jennifer Crumbley, in which it said the teacher was concerned that Ethan was searching for ammunition online using his phone. On February 8, at a preliminary examination of the couple, an investigator at the sheriff’s office testified at a preliminary examination of the couple that she later asked her son in the text whether he had shown school officials a photo of a gun his parents gave Ethan as an early Christmas present.
The Kremlin was sentenced to $ 500,000 bail. The case against them is very unusual because parents are rarely prosecuted for teenagers accused of mass shootings at school.
Crumble’s lawyers insisted the couple did not know their son could plan an attack, and did not allow an easy gun to be found in their home.
Last month, Ethan Krambley’s lawyers filed a motion to defend against insanity.
He is alone in a cell at an Auckland County clinic so as not to see or hear adult prisoners. Defendants want him transferred to a juvenile detention center, but prosecutors say he will pose a potential threat to the safety of other juveniles.
A Auckland County District Court judge said during a hearing against Ethan Crumbley on Tuesday that he expects by early next week he will have a decision on whether to stay in the adult prison or be transferred to the County Children’s Village.