School shooter Ethan Crumbley tricked counselors into claiming graphic drawing was a plan for a VIDEOGAME

Tim Throne, Superintendent of Oxford Community Schools, has first described the school’s reaction to Crumbley’s behavior

In a tragically unsuccessful response to warning signs from Michigan school shooter Ethan Crumbley, school counselors accepted his claim that a graphic drawing was a plan for a video game just hours before his gunfight, it has been revealed.

In a written statement released Saturday, Oxford Community Schools Superintendent Tim Throne set out for the first time the school’s response to Crumbley’s behaviour.

At the first meeting of two meetings with a counselor and a co-worker the week of the shooting, Crumbley said shooting sports were a hobby for his family, Throne said.

That meeting on Monday, the day before the shooting, was called after a teacher spotted Crumbley on his cell phone while he was looking for ammunition.

In a tragically unsuccessful response to warning signals from Michigan school shooter Ethan Crumbley (above during the arraignment), school counselors accepted his claim that a graphic drawing was a plan for a video game just hours before his gunfight.

In a tragically unsuccessful response to warning signals from Michigan school shooter Ethan Crumbley (above during the arraignment), school counselors accepted his claim that a graphic drawing was a plan for a video game just hours before his gunfight.

On the morning of Tuesday’s shooting, during the second meeting with guidance counselors, Crumbley claimed his graphics were part of a video game design and said he wanted to pursue a career in that field, the letter said.

According to guidance counselors, Crumbley was calm and worked on homework while the staff tried to reach his parents and they traveled to the school to attend the meeting.

Counselors questioned Crumbley about the chilling note on his desk with disturbing drawings of a gun, a bullet, blood, a shooting and a laughing emoji.

The note contained the words: ‘Thoughts don’t stop, help me’; “My life is useless” and “the world is dead,” prosecutors said.

Parents Jennifer and James Crumbley were immediately called to the school, but did not ask if their son had the gun they had bought for him, and left the school without Ethan, prosecutors said.

The parents also didn’t let the counselors know that they recently bought a gun for their son at that meeting, Thorne said.

On the morning of Tuesday's shooting, during the second meeting with guidance counselors, Crumbley claimed his graphics were part of a video game design.

On the morning of Tuesday’s shooting, during the second meeting with guidance counselors, Crumbley claimed his graphics were part of a video game design.

James Crumbley

Jennifer Cumbley

Parents Jennifer and James Crumbley were called to the meeting about the graphic drawing, but did not inform counselors that they had just bought a gun for their son, Thorne said.

“Since the child had committed no previous disciplinary violations, it was decided that he would be sent back to class rather than sent to an empty house,” the inspector said.

The Crumbleys did not ask their son about the gun or check his backpack and “resist the idea that their son would be leaving school at that point,” prosecutors said.

Instead, the teen returned to class and the shooting ensued.

Thorne said Oxford Community Schools will hire an outside investigator to assess the actions of school officials ahead of the shooting.

“Our community and our families deserve a full, transparent account of what happened,” Throne wrote. “We also plan to update our families and community on a regular basis.”

The inspector also praised the swift actions of teachers and students, who quickly barricaded themselves in classrooms and other shelters when gunshots erupted in a crowded hallway as students switched classes.

“The suspect was not allowed access to one classroom,” he wrote.

Despite this, four students were killed in the shooting: Tate Myre, 16, Hana St Juliana, 14, Madisyn Baldwin, 17, and Justin Shilling, 17.

Justin Shilling died in hospital

Tate Myre died at school

Justin Shilling, 17, (left) died in hospital Wednesday morning and Tate Myre (right) died in school Tuesday

Madisyn Baldwin, age 17

Hana St Juliana, 14

Madisyn Baldwin, 17, (left) and Hana St Juliana, 14, (right) died in the shooting at Oxford High School in suburban Detroit on Tuesday

Parents have repeatedly questioned whether the district was doing enough to address the threats leading up to the shooting, following reports that many students feared going to school because of rumors of an impending shooting.

Throne wrote that the district is reviewing “all communications” the district may have received before the shooting.

However, he added that previous incidents at the school – including a severed deer’s head thrown from the roof weeks earlier – “are not related to the events of November 30.”

Ethan Crumbley is being held without bond after being charged as an adult for murder, attempted murder and terrorism.

Jennifer and James Crumbley are being held in lieu of $500,000 bail each on charges of involuntary manslaughter for alleged negligence in not preventing the shooting.

All three Crumbleys are being held in isolation under suicide watch in the Oakland County Jail. They have pleaded innocent.

Timeline of Oxford high school shooting:

26 NOVEMBER:

Ethan’s father James buys the 9mm Sig Sauer SP 2022 for Ethan from Acme Shooting Goods in Oxford.

His son was with him.

27 NOVEMBER:

Jennifer posts a post on social media that read, “Mom and son’s day testing his new Christmas present.”

29 NOVEMBER:

Teacher sees Ethan Crumbley during class searching for ammunition on his cell phone, leading to a meeting with the student.

His mother Jennifer is contacted about an ‘inappropriate internet search’. The school responded via email, but received no response.

29 NOVEMBER:

That same day, Jennifer Ethan texted “lol, I’m not mad at you, you need to learn not to get caught,” Oakland County Attorney General Karen McDonald said.

NOVEMBER 30:

A teacher finds a chilling note on Ethan’s desk with disturbing drawings of a gun, a bullet, blood everywhere, a victim being shot and a laughing emoji.

The note contained the words: ‘Thoughts don’t stop, help me’; “My life is useless” and “the world is dead,” McDonald said.

Jennifer and James are immediately called to the school for a meeting.

They didn’t ask if their son had the gun with him or where it was, and they didn’t check his backpack for the gun, which he did have, McDonald said.

They left school without Ethan.

12:51 pm:

Ethan allegedly shot and killed four students

13:22:

Jennifer texts Ethan “don’t.”

The shooting had already taken place.

1:37 PM:

James calls 911 to report the weapon missing and says he thinks his son might have it.

DECEMBER 1ST:

As an adult, Ethan is charged with two dozen crimes, including murder, attempted murder and terrorism.

2 DECEMBER:

Prosecutor Karen McDonald says Ethan’s parents are under scrutiny and said she hoped to file charges “within 24 hours.”

DECEMBER 3:

McDonald announces that Jennifer and James are each charged with involuntary manslaughter.

2-3 hours:

The pair were last seen near Rochester Hills before authorities went on a manhunt for several hours.

They pick up $4,000 from an area ATM before leaving the motel they’ve been staying in since Tuesday after the shooting.

4 p.m.:

The couple was due to be arraigned at 4 p.m. but stopped communicating with their lawyers, prompting state and federal officials to launch a manhunt.

Crumbleys’ lawyers said their clients had left for their own safety and were not on the run.

Later on the day:

The Oakland County sheriff complained after the charges were announced that he had received no advance warning about the charges filed against the couple and learned of them from media reports.

Jennifer and James failed to show up for court, but their lawyer said they would “return” and “appear to be arraigned.”

11 p.m.:

A tipster reports the abandoned Kia of the Crumbleys in a neighborhood on the east side of Detroit.

DECEMBER 4:

A massive manhunt in the area leads to their arrest in the basement of a nearby building – less than a mile from the Canadian border.

2:45 am:

James and Jennifer are trapped in the Oakland County Jail.

9:30 am:

The Crumbleys appear for their video conference arraignment from separate rooms in the prison.

They each pleaded not guilty to all four counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Judge Julie Nicholson set each parent’s bail at $500,000, which must be paid in full.

They remain in Oakland County Jail after the virtual encounter, where their son Ethan is also being held.

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