Though many schools are closing out of an abundance of caution, others cite safety concerns and threats as reasons for their closure. Meanwhile, Oxford High School will be closed for the remainder of the week.
At least 14 school districts have announced that they will be closed for at least a day. Bloomfield Hills Schools, about 20 miles south of Oxford Township, received “numerous reports of threats of violence circulating on social media,” according to a memo written by the superintendent on Wednesday night.
The closures come a day after Ethan Crumbley was charged with first-degree murder and terrorism for opening fire at Oxford High with the “intent to kill,” according to police. Crumbley, a sophomore, has pleaded not guilty and has been denied bond. If convicted, he could face a life sentence.
Crumbley was seen “methodically and deliberately” walking down a hallway and firing at students, according to Assistant Prosecutor Marc Keast.
“Honestly, judge, I don’t have the words to describe how horrific what’s depicted on that video was,” Keast said in court.
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McDonald told WJR-AM that “the parents were the only individuals in a position to know the access to weapons.” “The gun appears to have been freely available to that individual,” says the prosecutor.
Sheriff Michael Bouchard of Oakland County said the suspect’s father bought the 9mm Sig Sauer SP 2022 gun four days before the shooting.
Because the state lacks strict child access prevention laws like others, prosecutors would have to pursue a legal theory of criminal negligence in potentially charging the parents, according to Kris Brown, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and a lawyer.
While Brown believes that charging parents would be a deterrent, she also believes that it demonstrates a shift in blame in society and highlights what she sees as a “failure” to pass stricter federal gun laws, including the ability to hold gun manufacturers liable.
“The prosecutor has to believe that juries will accept that gun violence is so common in our country, that school shootings are so common in our country, that failing to safely store your gun is tantamount to putting others in danger if a child finds it,” she said.