UPDATED 10:14 AM PT – Sunday, December 12, 2021
More information has been released about the Michigan high school’s awareness of the suspect’s gun access in the deadly shooting that left four students dead and several others injured.
In an interview Monday, Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald confirmed Oxford High School officials had legal grounds to search Ethan Crumbley’s backpack and locker prior to the shooting, but chose not to. Further, the school district is reportedly destroying evidence according to lawyers representing the family of a victim of the shooting.
On Friday, lawyers representing one family claimed the school website has been scrubbed of all administrator information. They claimed the school has deleted social media pages, saying the school can’t continue to blindside the victims in their search for evidence.
The school has disputed the accusations and their lawyers called the charges a “complete lie.”
In the meantime, the Oxford School District is facing a $100 million lawsuit from a student who was shot in the neck during last month’s deadly shooting that killed four people.
Additionally, school officials reportedly contacted the suspect’s parents the day before the shooting because he was searching online for ammunition during school hours and a second time the day of the shooting when a meeting was held with his parents over a disturbing drawing.
Oakland Co, MI prosecutor Karen McDonald explains why she charged the parents in the recent school shooting: “I am by no means saying than an active shooter situation should always result in criminal prosecutions against parents, but the facts of this case are so egregious.” pic.twitter.com/FPGDT0ar6k
— Adam Allington (@aallington) December 3, 2021
Crumbley’s parents are being charged with four-counts of involuntary manslaughter and have pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Meanwhile, authorities executed a search warrant at the home of Detroit-based artist Andrzej Sikora who allegedly helped James and Jennifer Crumbley hide before they were apprehended. The 65-year-old’s lawyer confirmed he is fully cooperating and has not been charged with any crime.