Ethan Crumbley pleads guilty to 24 counts, including terrorism, for school shooting

This would be the first time a school shooter was convicted of terrorism.
This would be the first time a school shooter was convicted of terrorism.
Published: Oct. 24, 2022 at 8:20 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 24, 2022 at 9:11 AM EDT
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PONTIAC, Mich. (WILX) - The teen charged in the deadly shooting at Oxford High School last fall has pleaded guilty to multiple felony charges. Those charges include murder and terrorism.

This would be the first time a school shooter was convicted of terrorism.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued the following statement after Crumbley pleaded guilty:

In November 2021, Ethan Crumbley created violent images during a math assignment at the school. His parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, were contacted by a school guidance counselor, but the two refused a request to take their 15-year-old son home from school.

Prosecutors say it was about two hours after that meeting that Ethan Crumbley began his shooting spree that killed four students.

Both James and Jennifer Crumbley also have a court appearance Monday, as they each face four counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Attorney Ven Johnson, who represents several families in the civil lawsuit against Ethan Crumbley, Jennifer, and James Crumbley, and several school officials, released the following statement:

Governor Gretchen Whitmer released also a statement following Ethan Crumbley’s plea.

Ken Weaver, superintendent of Oxford Community Schools, released a statement on the district’s website. It said, in part:

Today’s reports may have understandably created profound emotional reactions. It is hard to know how we will respond or feel when hearing and seeing the proceedings of today and of those yet to come. Although we did not discuss the court proceedings as a whole in our classrooms, we have encouraged our Oxford High School students to reach out to an adult if they need any support, especially throughout this week.

Ken Weaver, superintendent of Oxford Community Schools

Weaver’s full statement can be read here.

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