US school shooter ‘behaves abnormally’ before committing crime

The teacher twice reported Crumbley’s unusual behavior, but the school did not notify the police before the student opened fire, killing four people.

Ethan Crumbley, 15, on November 30 opened fire at Oxford High School, north of Detroit, Michigan, USA, killing 4 students and injuring 7 others. Michael Bouchard, Oakland County Sheriff, on December 2 said Crumbley had some unusual behavior before committing the crime and was discovered by the teacher.

“A teacher in class on November 29 saw and heard something about Crumbley that she found disturbing,” Bouchard said. “After the meeting, the school board called Crumbley’s parents.”

However, a day later, another teacher continued to witness some unusual behavior on Crumbley, “so they took him down to the office to meet the school board, phone the parents and then decide to let him go. We’re back in class,” Bouchard said.

Hours later, Crumbley opened fire outside the school restroom. Prosecutors said the 15-year-old moved through the hallway and opened fire on students there and in the classroom, before surrendering to police.

Bouchard declined to disclose details of Crumbley’s “unusual behavior” and said his unit “did not receive any notification from the school of concerns about Crumbley’s conduct prior to the shooting.” .

When asked why Crumbley was allowed back into the classroom, Bouchard said the school board thought it was the right thing to do.

Suspect Ethan Crumbley in the photo released on December 1.  Photo: Oakland County Police.

Suspect Ethan Crumbley in the photo released on December 1. Photo: Oakland County Sheriff.

After the shooting, investigators discovered two videos in Crumbley’s phone, taken the night before. In the video, Crumbley talks about his intention to shoot and kill a classmate at Oxford. The diary in Crumbley’s backpack also detailed the shooting plan.

The weapon used by Crumbley was a 9mm Sig Sauer SP2022 pistol, purchased by the suspect’s father four days before the shooting. This photo of the gun appeared on Crumbley’s alleged Instagram account a few days before the shooting.

Crumbley was charged on December 1 with terrorism, murder and other charges in connection with one of the deadliest mass shootings at a US high school since 2018. The suspect will be indicted and tried. like an adult.

Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said it was determining whether Crumbley’s parents were charged with any crime in connection with the son’s shooting. McDonald’s says firearms owners must fulfill legal obligations such as ensuring firearms and ammunition are stored separately and properly.

Sheriff Bouchard said investigators were looking into how Crumbley got his father’s gun. “In the state of Michigan, it’s an offense to give a gun to someone who doesn’t qualify,” Bouchard said.

Nguyen Tien (Follow CNN)

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