During the trial of the mother of the Oxford High School shooterJennifer CrumbleyThe court was shown footage of the first interview between the police and the the murderer’s parents – in which they admitted that they regretted not taking their son out of school that day.
Mrs. Crumbley faces four counts of manslaughter after her son, Ethan CrumbleyHe shot and killed four of his classmates and wounded seven other victims at his Michigan high school in November 2021.
Hours before the mass shooting occurred, Crumbley’s parents were called to a meeting with school administrators.
School staff became increasingly concerned after finding Ethan’s drawing, which showed a semi-automatic gun pointed at the words “the thoughts won’t stop, help me” and asked the parents to meet with them and their son to discuss it. .
The parents refused to take Ethan out of school and he returned to the classroom. He opened fire hours later.
In police footage from that same day, investigators were seen mentioning the meeting with school staff.
Later in the interview, Crumbley said the school counselor “didn’t seem concerned” about the drawing and said Ethan could stay at school or his parents could take him home.
“And I really wish we would take him home,” she is heard saying.
At the beginning of the interview, the shooter’s father, James Crumbley, said he was “freaking out” and asked for water.
She also told police that Ethan was a “great kid” and added that he “doesn’t get in trouble at school.”
When an officer told the parents they would have to talk to Ethan, an emotional Mrs Crumbley was heard asking: “Why?… He’s never done anything wrong.”
Investigators asked the Crumbleys what happened that morning.
Crumbley said his son was “scribbling on a test or a practice test,” apparently referring to disturbing drawings found by a teacher, when Crumbley interrupted: “I think we should probably have a lawyer.”
Mr Crumley then said: “I think we can talk to the police.”
The interview also revealed that Ethan had texted his mother minutes before opening fire on his classmates.
In the message, sent at 12:21, he told her that he loved her.
Crumbley also shared details with police about where his son had gotten the gun.
He said the gun was hidden in a holster in a closet and that the bullets were “in a completely different place under some jeans.”
Ethan has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole (a sentence he has since attempted to appeal) for the shooting, after pleading guilty to 24 charges.
His parents’ trials are unprecedented; Never before have the parents of a mass school shooter been charged or tried for their alleged role in the massacre.
The parents asked to be tried separately. Ms Crumbley’s trial began last week, while Mr Crumbley’s trial will begin in March.