A 15-year-old kid has been charged with murder and terrorism in connection with a shooting at a Michigan high school that claimed the lives of four other pupils and wounded seven more.
Police claimed Ethan Crumbley’s parents were summoned just a few hours before the carnage on Tuesday, and Oakland County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Tim Willis said at a court hearing that the youngster had taped a video the night before in which he described shooting and murdering students.
Oakland County officials did not provide a reason for the violence at Oxford High School, which is located 50 kilometres north of Detroit.
However, prosecutor Karen McDonald claimed Tuesday’s shooting was planned, citing a “mountain of digital evidence” gathered by investigators.
The incident, according to McDonald, “was not an impulsive act.”
In addition to murder and attempted murder, Crumbley was charged with terrorism that resulted in death, as well as firearms offences. He is being prosecuted as an adult.
Judge Nancy Carniak ordered that he be transferred from a juvenile detention centre to a county prison where he would be kept without bail.
In a press conference, Sheriff Mike Bouchard said that Crumbley’s parents were summoned to the school on Tuesday due to “disruptive behaviour in the classroom that was alarming.”
The adolescent continued to attend school, and the shooting happened a short time later.
Bouchard did not provide any information on what had caused concern among school administrators, but detectives think the gun had already been brought inside the building.
As the sheriff put it, “there is nothing he could have been facing that would have justified stupid, totally horrible brutality towards other children.”
McDonald told reporters that the massacre should serve as a wake-up call for lawmakers in a society that has gotten “desensitised to school shootings.”
“We have to do better,” she said emphatically. “How many times does this have to happen before it becomes routine? How many times have you done this?”
Officers responded to the school about midday on Tuesday and apprehended Crumbley in a corridor minutes after the shooting occurred, according to the report.
According to the sheriff, his father had purchased the 9mm Sig Sauer rifle only a few days before.
McDonald said that charges against the parents were being explored, and that “owning a gun involves securing it correctly, locking it, and keeping the ammo separate.”
They have been named as Tate Myre, 16, Hana St Juliana, 14, Madisyn Baldwin, 17, and Justin Shilling, also 17. Tate Myre, Hana St Juliana, Madisyn Baldwin, and Justin Shilling were all slain at the school.
A teacher who had a graze wound to the shoulder was released from the hospital, while seven pupils ranging in age from 14 to 17 were admitted to the hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds the following day.
Following the incident, investigators discovered social media messages concerning threats of a shooting at the about 1700-student school, which they investigated.
All of the district’s schools will be closed for the remainder of the week.