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The accused Michigan high school shooter convinced school officials ahead of the deadly rampage that violent drawings he made were for a “video game,” a letter released Saturday by the school shows.
“On the morning of Nov. 30, a teacher observed concerning drawings and written statements that have been detailed in media reports, which the teacher reported to school counselors and the Dean of students. The student was immediately removed from the classroom and brought to the guidance counselor’s office where he claimed the drawing was part of a video game he was designing and informed counselors that he planned to pursue video game design as a career,” a letter sent to the Oxford High School community from Oxford Community Schools superintendent Tim Thorne on Saturday states.
The article goes on to state the following:
Accused shooter Ethan Crumbley, 15, and his parents met with school officials just hours before he allegedly opened fire on peers and school employees, killing four students and injuring seven other people.
“At no time did counselors believe the student might harm others based on his behavior, responses and demeanor, which appeared calm. In addition, despite media reports, whether or not the gun was in his backpack has not been confirmed by law enforcement to our knowledge nor by our investigation at this time,” the letter stated, which was published by WXYZ.
According to police, the teacher saw the words: “the thoughts won’t stop, help me” and a drawing of a bullet with the phrase “blood everywhere.”
Additionally, there was a sketch of a person shot twice and bleeding, a laughing emoji, along with the words “my life is useless” and “the world is dead.”
Crumbley was removed from class and the school called in his parents, insisting they take him out of school and enroll him in counseling or face CPS.
“When the parents were asked to take their son home for the day, they flatly refused and left without their son, apparently to return to work,” Thorne wrote in the letter.
“Given the fact that the child had no prior disciplinary infractions, the decision was made he would be returned to the classroom rather than sent home to an empty house,” the letter states.
“While we understand this decision has caused anger, confusion and prompted understandable questioning, the counselors made a judgment based on their professional training and clinical experience and did not have all the facts we now know,” Thorne continued. “Our counselors are deeply committed longstanding school members who have dedicated their lives to supporting students and addressing student mental health and behavioral issues.”
Ethan Crumble is charged with killing four students and injuring seven others. He is facing an array of charges, including one count of terrorism causing death, four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to murder, and 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, the report notes.
Crumble pleaded not guilty and is being held without bond.
James and Jennifer Crumbley were also arrested early Saturday and taken to the same facility as their son. Both parents are facing charges of involuntary manslaughter for buying the 9mm handgun the teen used in the attack and leaving it unsecured.
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said it’s possible additional charges could be filed following the investigation.
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— Fox News (@FoxNews) December 5, 2021
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