Shooter’s father guilty – level 3

21-03-2024 07:00

James Crumbley, father of Ethan Crumbley, the teen responsible for the Oxford high school shooting in Michigan, the United States, has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

This groundbreaking verdict holds a parent criminally responsible for their child’s actions, setting a precedent in the country. During the trial, prosecutors emphasized that James failed to secure the gun used in the shooting, despite having a legal duty to protect others from potential harm. While Michigan lacked a storage law at the time, James was deemed accountable for his negligence. Although Ethan exhibited concerning behavior, including disturbing drawings and cries for help, the Crumbleys didn’t take appropriate action.

The verdict, delivered after a full day of deliberations, sends a powerful message about accountability in cases of gun violence. Despite this legal outcome, the tragic loss of four students serves as a poignant reminder of the devastating consequences of such incidents.

Difficult words: deemed (considered or judged), negligence (failure to take proper care over something), poignant (causing or having a very sharp feeling of sadness).

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