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School shooter's mother found guilty of murders committed by her son

On February 6, the mother of Ethan Crumbley, a Michigan teenager who shot and killed four students at school in 2021, became the first parent to face criminal charges for his child's shooting, reports eOnline.

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Jennifer Crumbley, 45, was found guilty by a jury on four counts of manslaughter - one for each of the four victims at her son's school.

“It was very difficult,” an unnamed juror said after the verdict was announced. “We took this very seriously.”

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Jennifer, who faces up to 15 years in prison on each count, has pleaded not guilty to four charges. She will be sentenced on April 9.

Ethan, now 17, pleaded guilty to charges including terrorism resulting in death and first-degree intentional homicide. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole in December.

Parents' guilt

The tragedy could have been avoided. Everything depended on the actions and decisions made by Jennifer and her husband James Crumbley. He, too, has pleaded not guilty to four charges and is awaiting trial next month.

On the day of the shooting, November 30, the Crumbleys were asked to attend a meeting at Ethan's school about a drawing he had made. On it he depicted a gun, a bullet, a wounded man and wrote: “Thoughts do not stop. Help me".

The Crumbleys did not take their son home or tell the school that James had given Ethan a Sig Sauer 9mm pistol. That same day, a 15-year-old opened fire with the gun and killed Madisyn Baldwin, 17, Tate Myra, 16, Khan St. Julian, 14, Justin Schilling, 17, and wounded seven others.

Speaking during the trial, Jennifer told jurors that although she felt regret for her son's actions, she "wouldn't have done" anything differently. She finally said, “I don’t think I’m a failure as a parent.”

Craig Schilling, whose son Justin was one of four teenagers killed in the shooting, was in court when the verdict was read.

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“We demand accountability across the board, and this is one step toward that,” Craig told reporters. “I feel like it won’t get any easier for us, but it gives us hope for a brighter future.”

“Do your due diligence for your child. You cannot put your interests above his interests, especially when it comes to mental health,” he concluded.

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