Shooter’s father guilty – level 2

21-03-2024 07:00

James Crumbley, father of Ethan Crumbley, who killed four people in the Oxford high school shooting in Michigan, is guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

This is the first case in the US when a court says that parents are responsible for their child’s actions. James did not secure the gun which his son used in the shooting, but it was his duty. Michigan did not have a law about this at the time of the shooting, but the court said that James was careless. Ethan’s mental state was bad but his parents did not help him in any way.

The verdict is very important for future cases. It is important to make parents responsible for their children’s actions.

Difficult words: involuntary (when you do something without planning it or choosing to do it), manslaughter (killing a person), verdict (what a court decides).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What is the significance of the court's decision to hold James Crumbley accountable for his son's actions in the Oxford high school shooting and how does it set a precedent for future cases involving parental responsibility in similar situations?


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