Parents of Michigan School Shooter Ethan Crumbley Ordered to Stand Trial After Son Killed Four in Rampage

©Mandi Wright, Detroit Free Press | James, Jennifer Crumbley break down in tears during a court hearing on Feb. 24, 2022.

A judge ordered James and Jennifer Crumbley to stand trial for their alleged roles in a deadly Michigan high school shooting, concluding they could have stopped the rampage that was carried out by their “troubled” son.

The judge decided the involuntary manslaughter case against the Crumbleys had enough evidence to proceed to court. Among other things, the judge heard entries from Ethan Crumbley’s journal that were read aloud in court, including this one that brought the couple to tears:

“I hope my parents can forgive me for what I do.”

Ethan Crumbley wrote those words before prosecutors say he carried out the Nov. 30 shooting that killed four classmates and injured seven others.

In the journal, which is now part of the official public record, the 15-year-old also blamed his parents for what he was about to do.

“I will cause the biggest school shooting Michigan’s history. I will kill everyone I f—— see,” the journal says. “I have fully mentally lost it after fighting my dark side. My parents won’t help me.”

The journal also added: “The first victim has to be to be a pretty girl with a future so she can suffer like me.”

Perhaps most chilling, said Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald, was this excerpt: “I have zero help with my mental problems and it’s causing me to shoot the school. My parents won’t listen to me.”

The journal entry was among many pieces of evidence that convinced 52-3 District Court Judge Julie Nicholson to order the Crumbley parents to stand trial.

“The court finds that the deaths of the four victims could have been avoided if James and Jennifer Crumbley exercised ordinary care and diligence in the care of their son,” Nicholson said.

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SOURCE: USA Today; Detroit Free Press, Tresa Baldas