“We are considering charges against both parents and we will be making a decision swiftly,” she said
Teenager Ethan Crumbley, who was charged with murder and terrorism for a shooting that left four of his classmates dead, recorded a video night before the violence in which he discussed targeting students, officials say. Shooting was premeditated, based in part on a “mountain of digital evidence” collected by police, prosecutors say. (Paul Sancya / AP) A 15-year-old boy who is suspecting of shooting dead four fellow students and wounding several others in the US state of Michigan recorded a video night before the violence in which he discussed targeting students, official have said.
No motive was offered by Oakland County authorities on Wednesday, a day after violence at Oxford High School, roughly 50 kilometres north of Detroit but prosecutors charged the teenager Ethan Crumbley with murder and terrorism.
Prosecutor Karen McDonald said the shooting was premeditated, based in part on a “mountain of digital evidence” collected by police.
Meanwhile, a judge ordered the boy be moved from a juvenile facility to a county jail where he will be held without a bond.
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Parents summoned before shooting
Sheriff Mike Bouchard told reporters that the boy’s parents had been summoned to the school before the violence.
Bouchard wouldn't discuss details of the behavior school officials were concerned about.
The teen, who is now charged as an adult with murder, attempted murder and terrorism causing death, was in the meeting with his parents, Bouchard said.
“There is nothing that he could have faced that would warrant senseless, absolutely brutal violence on other kids,” he said.
The four students who were killed were identified as 16-year-old Tate Myre, 14-year-old Hana St. Juliana, 17-year-old Madisyn Baldwin and 17-year-old Justin Shilling.
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US 'de-sensitised to school shootings'
Prosecutor McDonald said the shooting should be a wake-up call for new gun laws in a country that has become “de-sensitised to school shootings.”
“How many times does this have to happen? How many times?”
“What about all the children who ran, screaming, hiding under desks? … Those are victims, too, and so are their families and so is the community. The charge of terrorism reflects that,” the prosecutor said.
Crumbley father bought the 9 mm Sig Sauer gun last week, according to the Oakland County sheriff.
McDonald strongly suggested that more charges will be filed.
“We are considering charges against both parents and we will be making a decision swiftly,” she said.
“Owning a gun means securing it properly and locking it and keeping the ammunition separate,” she said.
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Source: TRTWorld and agencies