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Authorities: Oxford High School shooting suspect had numerous behavioral issues before massacre

Randy Mancini 34 December 2, 2021
A well wisher kneels to pray at a memorial on the sign of Oxford High School in Oxford, Mich., Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. A 15-year-old sophomore opened fire at the school, killing several students and wounding multiple other people, including a teacher. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

A well wisher kneels to pray at a memorial on the sign of Oxford High School in Oxford, Mich., Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. A 15-year-old sophomore opened fire at the school, killing several students and wounding multiple other people, including a teacher. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

New details have emerged about the days and hours leading up to a deadly shooting at a Michigan high school. Officials said on the day of the shooting, the parents of suspect Ethan Crumbley, came to the school to meet with teachers about multiple behavioral problems the 15-year-old had recently.

According to Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard, two separate teachers brought up concerns over Crumbley’s behavior in the classroom this week, once on Monday and again on Tuesday, the day of the massacre.

“We have since learned that the schools did have contact with the student the day before and the day of the shooting for behavior in the classroom that they felt was concerning,” said Bouchard.

Bouchard went on to say it’s still unclear what was said during that parent-teacher meeting. In the meantime, prosecutors say there is evidence the shooting was planned, pointing to social media posts and other statements made by Crumbley the night before.

“Judge, a preliminary review of the defendant’s social media accounts, his cell phone, as well as other document evidence recovered on scene, showed that this defendant planned this shooting. He deliberately brought the handgun that day with the intent to murder as many students as he could,” said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Marc Keast. “Judge, I believe no bond is appropriate.”

This booking photo released by the Oakland County, Mich., Sheriff's Office shows Ethan Crumbley, 15, who is charged as an adult with murder and terrorism for a shooting that killed four fellow students and injured more at Oxford High School in Oxford, Mich., authorities said Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (Oakland County Sheriff's Office via AP)

This booking photo released by the Oakland County, Mich., Sheriff’s Office shows Ethan Crumbley, 15. (Oakland County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Crumbley, who is accused of killing four teenage classmates and wounding seven others, is being tried as an adult. He is facing 24 charges, including four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to murder, 12 counts of possession of a firearm and one count of terrorism. He is currently being held without bond.

This comes as 17-year-old Justin Shilling passed away at the hospital Wednesday morning, after being shot at Oxford High School near Detroit on Tuesday. Authorities have identified 17-year-old Madisyn Baldwin, 16-year-old Tate Myre and 14-year-old Hana Juliana as the other victims who died in the shooting.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expressed her condolences to the victims and their families.

“My heart, like any mom or dad in Michigan, is with the parents of Oxford. We all hugged our kids a little tighter yesterday. I know that a lot of us love this time of year when it’s time to gather with family and friends to celebrate for the holidays. For the Oxford community especially, this holiday season will be different. We all have to be there for them in every way that we can, to help them be strong and lift their spirits through our actions,” said Whitmer.

During a press conference Tuesday, Oakland County Sheriff Bouchard confirmed eight others, including a teacher and Shilling, were injured.

The shooting happened Tuesday afternoon at Oxford High School in Oakland County, which is about 30-miles north of Detroit. Of the eight injured, three now remain in critical condition, three are in stable condition with various gunshot wounds and the teacher who was shot has been discharged.

According to preliminary information, the weapon used in the shooting was purchased just last week by the boy’s father. However, his parents have hired an attorney and have not allowed their son to speak to police. Meanwhile, prosecutors are considering charges against the parents of the suspect as well.

Additionally, Bouchard went on to commend his team and the county’s active shooter training while crediting it for saving other lives.

“I’m extremely proud of the deputies, our partners, the fire department and EMTs for their intervening actions,” he stated. “As I mentioned, I believe they literally saved lives having taken down the suspect with a loaded firearm still in the building.”

Students attend a vigil at LakePoint Community Church in Oxford, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. Authorities say a 15-year-old sophomore opened fire at Oxford High School, killing several students and wounding multiple other people, including a teacher. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Students attend a vigil at LakePoint Community Church in Oxford, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. Authorities say a 15-year-old sophomore opened fire at Oxford High School, killing several students and wounding multiple other people, including a teacher. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

A motive for the shooting remains unclear. Meanwhile, a number of vigils were held across the Oxford community Tuesday night following the shooting.

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