Before Ethan Crumbley, 15, went on a murderous rampage, he had a meeting with his parents and teachers. The meeting took place three hours before the shootings, and it focused on discussing his "behavior."
The teenage boy is facing four counts of murder and terrorism right now. He is also facing gun charges.
Oakland County sheriff's office released his mugshot on Wednesday evening, a day after he committed the crimes.
During the rampage, he shot four of his classmates dead and injured seven more after opening fire at 12.50 pm in the school's hallways.
On the same day, at 10 am, his parents, Jennifer and James, had been called by the teachers to Oxford High School to talk about Ethan's behavior. This was the second time Ethan had been called for a meeting in two days, although the reason for the meeting is still not apparent.
On the previous day, he had met his teachers in the absence of his parents.
According to the police, no records showed that he had undergone any bullying as he claimed. The prosecutors also revealed that his journal, found in his backpack, had details of how he planned to shoot students at Oxford High School.
The prosecutors have also decided to charge the boy as an adult. Their goal is to have him serve a life in prison once convicted.
Karen McDonald, Oakland County Prosecutor, explained on Wednesday that his parents might also face charges for not ensuring that the 9mm handgun he used to commit the crimes was not beyond his reach.
Days before the deadly attack, the boy had bragged about it on Instagram, where he implied that it was his.
During the attacks, he fired 30 rounds, using two 15-round magazines. However, he still had more ammunition in his pockets, and another magazine was also found on the school property.
The kids who died in the shooting are Tate Myre, 16; Hana St Juliana, 14; Madisyn Baldwin, 17. And Justin Shilling, 17. However, Justin died on Wednesday morning at the hospital while the other three died during the attack.
After his arrest, Ethan took part in a Zoom arraignment on Wednesday.
Ethan Bragged About The Gun He Used On Social Media
Ethan's parents, Jennifer and James, also participated in the Zoom arraignment.
While boasting on Instagram, Ethan wrote:
"Just got my new beauty today. SIG Sauer 9mm. Ask any questions I will answer."
The account was deleted after the shooting, but there were fake accounts by Wednesday morning, although Ethan was in police custody, where he was not cooperating with investigators.
At home, all was quiet. His parents had not gotten back since seeing him the previous day.
The teenager faces 24 different charges. His father might also face charges for keeping the gun in a place where the boy could easily reach it.
The prosecutor pointed out that owning a gun means keeping it in a secure place and locking it up in a location separate from the ammo while also ensuring that other people can't get to it, especially minors.
According to the prosecutor's office, there is already a "mountain" of evidence against the shooter. Karen D. McDonald, the prosecutor, also explained that there might be more charges later.
According to Karen, everyone has to be held accountable for their role in the tragedy.
Police officers also removed several guns from Ethan's parent's house.
Online, most of the photos available of the boy are back from three years ago, when Ethan was just 12 years old.
Until now, it's not clear if he knew his victims. Two of them were older than him, and one was younger.
The shooting might therefore have been random.
On Wednesday, Michael Bouchard, the Oakland County Sheriff, explained that Ethan was not talking to investigators. He is held at a juvenile detention facility.
Ethan Already Got A Lawyer
Already, his parents have gotten him a lawyer, who has since advised him to plead the fifth.
The lawyer has claimed that Ethan has been picked on in school and that when someone gets bullied like he was, his reaction is a likely outcome. At the time, the lawyer spoke to the media about the case.
So far, Ethan's parents have not said anything. The father works at a software supply company, and he allegedly bought the weapon less than a week before it was used in the shooting.
Apparently, since then, Ethan has had access to the gun, using it to shoot at targets and taking pictures before putting them online.
The sheriff explained that they would have a closer look at all of Ethan's social media activities during a press conference on Tuesday night.
On the day of the shooting, Deputies quickly went to the school at around 2:50 pm. Over 100 calls had been made to 911 dispatchers informing them of a shooter.
Ethan was arrested minutes after the authorities arrived on the scene. They had help from a school resource officer.
When the boy saw the police approaching, he put his hands in the air.
Four Of The Injured Are In A Critical Condition
From the shooting scene, the police were able to retrieve the 9mm Sig Sauer semi-automatic handgun, which his father had purchased a few days earlier on Friday.
The police are still searching for the motive behind the shootings and hope a deep look into the boy's social media accounts will offer them much-needed clues.
The pictures of him using the gun have led them to believe his social media activity might help explain his motivations for the violent crimes.
According to reports, the authorities were aware of the boy's posts on social media. They had also been informed of the threats of a shooting at the school, which has 1,700 students.
However, Michael Bouchard, Oakland County Sheriff, said they were unaware of such information until the attack.
In addition to killing four people, the boy also injured eight people, including one teacher. The 47-year-old woman suffered minor injuries and has since been discharged from the hospital after treatment.
However, the wounded students are still in hospital, battling life-threatening gunshot injuries.
According to police, four of them are in critical condition, including the 14-year-old girl on a ventilator after chest surgery. She also has wounds on her neck.
On Tuesday, an eerie video of the suspect surfaced. In the footage, the sophomore student was trying to trick potential victims that nothing bad would happen to them if they came out of hiding:
"Sheriff's office. You can come out."
Aiden Page, a senior at the learning institution, claimed that his teacher managed to lock the classroom door and barricade the door. The teacher also covered the windows and told the students to hide.
This was after hearing two gunshots ring out in the school.
The students also grabbed scissors, calculators, and other things they could use against the attacker if he got access to the classroom. A bullet managed to get through a desk used to barricade the door.
During the attack, the institution was on lockdown, and many students hid in locked classrooms. Later, they were taken to a grocery store nearby, where their parents picked them up.
After the incident, the district announced that the institution would remain closed for the rest of the week.
At the moment, authorities are still trying to establish a motive behind the deadly attack.
Unfortunately, Ethan, who might offer more insight into the tragedy, is not talking to anyone. He is currently locked up at Oakland County juvenile center and is under a suicide watch.
His parents advised him not to talk to investigators, and at that point, he demanded a lawyer.
Sadly, this incident is just one of many U.S. school shootings that have happened recently.
Once again, the shooting is expected to reignite debates about gun control and mental health at a time when many states throughout the country are allowing people to have easier access to weapons.
Additionally, many mental health disorders are not being addressed.
President Joe Biden has also spoken out about the shooting. On Tuesday evening, the president consoled the relatives of those affected:
"My heart goes out to the families of all those in Oxford, Michigan, experiencing the unimaginable grief of losing a loved one."
Since the shooting, tributes have been pouring in for the wounded and their families.
The football community mourned Tate's death. The teenager was already six feet tall and 195 pounds in weight when he died, and his performance on the pitch had already caught the attention of college recruiters.
At the moment, a petition to have the high school's stadium named in his honor has already received over 32,000 signatures.
Madisyn's grandmother asked for information about her granddaughter through a Facebook post before learning that the high school senior had not survived the attack. She was supposed to be in a psychology class when the shooting happened.
In the heartbreaking post, she said:
"My granddaughter Madisyn Baldwin can not be located at all!!! Madisyn is 17 and a senior in this at Oxford High School. Our family are out on foot trying to find her and bring her home safe. She is not answering her cell phone, or text messages. She was not in her psychology class during the shootings. WHERE SHE WAS SCHEDULED TO BE. No contact with her mother, father, stepmother, grandparents, aunts, friends or her boyfriend!"
In the post, Madisyn's grandma begged people to offer information and requested parents to ask their kids if they had seen her.
The police also shared a post on social media about the shooting. Oxford Police Chief Michael Solwold wrote on Facebook:
"I never imagined the horror we witnessed today"
Solwold talked about seeing fear and tears in the kids as they were escorted to safety by the police. Nevertheless, he recalls hearing many of them say "thank you" as they ran with their hands up in the air.
According to Solwold, it took a lot of effort to keep it together and go back to the hallways to help clear out the classrooms.
Even with their training, the police chief admitted that nothing could prepare you for the emotions of seeing kids in that situation. He finished the post by saying that his heart and prayers went out to the victims, their families, school staff, and first responders on the scene.
On Wednesday, a vigil was held, and 73-year-old Leeann Dersa struggled to hold back the tears while hugging friends and neighbors. Her grandkids attended Oxford High School, which made the shooting especially shocking for her.
Jesse Holt, a pastor at LakePoint Community Church, revealed that messages from about 20 to 25 students part of their 400-member congregation were sent to him and his wife. Some of the students were scared, hiding under desks as they sent messages.
The students explained that they heard gunshots, and some later confirmed everything was okay and that the police were trying to calm them down.
Late on Wednesday, the police finally revealed the ages and extent of the eight survivors' injuries after the shooting.
Four of the injured students were in critical condition.
One of them was a 15-year-old boy who had a bullet wound on his head. A 14-year-old boy had injuries to the jaw and the hand, and the two were getting treatment at McLaren Hospital.
Two other victims, both girls, were getting treated at Hurley Medical Center in Flint and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac.
One of the girls, aged 14, was on a ventilator after surgery.
Three other students, two boys aged 15 and 17 and a girl of 17, were "expected to survive" after being shot in the leg, hip, and neck, respectively.
The 47-year-old teacher was taken to McLaren Lapeer after suffering a gunshot wound in her shoulder. She has since been discharged.
Soon after the shooting, the police did not disclose the suspect's name, although his arrest came minutes after authorities arrived at the learning institution.
The authorities recovered the gun used in the attack and several magazines.
He is estimated to have fired between 15 and 20 shots.
After the boy was taken into custody, his parents visited him and told him not to speak to the investigators as he had a right to remain silent. According to the law, the police must have permission from the parent or guardian before talking to a minor.
Although it was confirmed that the boy's father had bought the gun, it is unclear why he did so. However, the teen soon started posting pictures of him using the handgun to practice shooting.
The prosecutor then explained that charges would follow swiftly, and updates would be made afterward.
According to McDonald, the county prosecutor, the goal is to review the investigation carefully to make appropriate charges on time.
So far, nobody knows if Ethan had any issues with the law in the past. His disciplinary history at the school is also not known.
In the aftermath of the vicious attack, many shocked students, crying while others were huddled close together, came out of the school after things cooled down.
Undersheriff Mike McCabe repeated how tragic the situation was and explained that it was an experience few people would enjoy preparing for, although that is a necessity of the job.
Tim Thorne, Oxford Community Schools superintendent, didn't have much to say about the terrifying incident. He wasn't sure which students had been shot and who had done the shooting soon after.
Nevertheless, he expressed his shock at what had happened.
Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan Governor, said the killings were "every parent's worst nightmare."
She also pointed out that gun violence had turned into a health crisis costing lives every day. However, she reassured residents that they had measures in place to lower the level of gun violence in the state of Michigan.
She also insisted that people should not be afraid of attending school, houses of worship, work, or staying in their own homes.
Governor Gretchen insisted that it was time for everyone to come together and help the kids feel safe at school.
One of the students, Isabel Flores, a ninth-grader, told the media that, along with other students, she heard gunshots before seeing a student who was bleeding from the face. They, therefore, ran through the rear of the school.
Another student, Abbey Hodder, 15, was in a chemistry class when she heard glass breaking, and then her teacher ran out. Soon enough, the teacher was pushing tables to create a barricade, and everyone joined in.
As the deadly drama unfolded, Rick Alan, who has a daughter learning at the school, got shocking messages from her as the shooting happened.
In the flurry of texts, she told her father she loved him and informed him that a shooter was at the school.
Fortunately, she managed to escape with her life.
Alan later confessed that on Facebook that he hoped that no one ever receives such texts from their child.
Senator Rosemary Bayer also stated the 'horrifying' massacre. In a tweet, she said this was a traumatizing and challenging situation when people were still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
She lamented that a place that is supposed to be safe for students had turned into such a horrifying scene.
There Were Threats About A Possible Shooting At The School
Robin Redding, a concerned parent, stayed at home although her son Treshan Bryant was at school as the chaos unfolded. Bryant had heard of threats about a possible shooting at the school before the nightmare came true.
As far as she was concerned, the incident was not random as some people seem to think.
Bryant had sent messages to many younger cousins in the morning, and they said they did not want to attend school that day. That gave the twelfth grader a bad feeling, and he even asked his mom if he could do his assignments through the web.
There had been vague threats about a possible shooting at the school "for a long time now."
The school administration had posted letters to parents on their website addressing the issue. They reassured them that they were taking the rumors seriously after a strange vandalism incident.
In a letter written on November 4 by Principal Steve Wolf, a deer head was thrown into the courtyard from the school's roof. Additionally, someone had painted many windows on the roof with red acrylic paint.
The same paint was seen on the concrete close to the school building.
In a subsequent letter sent on November 12, the school assured parents that there was no threat to the school or the students. Nevertheless, the letter still talked of "numerous rumors" throughout the school that had created some concern for students and parents.
According to the school's investigations, some of the rumors started due to the earlier incident, while others appeared to have no basis. The school claimed that the way students interpreted social media posts and other "false information" had made the situation look more serious.
The undersheriff, McCabe, also revealed that they knew about the threats of a shooting at the school before the attack took place. However, he had warned against believing them until proper investigations were done to confirm if they had any basis or not.
After the shooting happened, McCabe claimed that it was not connected in any way to the deer head incident or other investigation done by their office:
"This was a different incident, different student."
In a video shared online, a line of ambulances can be seen at the school's parking lot. Another ambulance was grounded on the rooftop.
Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin also commented on the attack. She tweeted that the shooting at Oxford High School was shocking and that she was praying for the health of those injured and the well-being of the many young people affected, who were still shocked.
The massacre took place in Oxford, a town of about 22,000 people, around 30 miles from Detroit.