Michigan County has charged 18 youths, ages 12 to 17, with threatening schools

In the aftermath of the recent Oxford High School shooting in Michigan which left four students dead and eight injured, neighboring Wayne County has charges pending against 18 youths for various threats against area schools.

County District Attorney Kym Worthy reported the number to the press on Wednesday and spoke in detail about nine of the cases.

Students billed last week are between the ages of 12 and 17, and the threats took place Dec. 2-6, directed at schools in Detroit, Grosse Pointe Farms, Melvindale, Wayne and Wyandotte.

Eight face charges of intentional threat to commit an act of violence against a school employee or students, one faces a charge of false reporting or threat of terrorism, and six of the nine have been charged with malicious use of a telecommunications device.

“Minors are not given adult sentences,” Worthy’s office said Wednesday. “In the event of conviction, a judge will pronounce a sentence taking into account the crime committed and the rehabilitation of the juvenile offender. “

Several Michigan schools canceled classes in the days that followed the shooting of November 30, in which Ethan Crumbley, a 15-year-old sophomore, shot dead 10 students and a teacher as similar threats were posed to other local schools, raising concerns for the safety of students, parents and officials from school.

Crumbley was charged as an adult with murder, terrorism and other crimes, and his parents James and Jennifer Crumbley were arrested following a brief search that found them hiding in a basement.

The couple were charged with manslaughter for purchasing the gun involved in the shooting and ignoring school advice that Ethan Crumbley was potentially a danger to his fellow students.

The day before the shoot, the couple were contacted after a teacher saw their son researching how to get gun ammunition on his phone.

On the day of the shooting, a teacher allegedly found a note Crumbley had drawn, with a drawing of a gun pointed at the words “Thoughts won’t stop. Help me.” There was also a drawing of a bullet under the words “Blood everywhere.”

Parents were called to school and refused the idea of ​​school officials to search their son’s bag or bring him home sooner. They left him at school, where the shooting took place later that day.

A sign on display in the windows of a business to show support for Oxford High School Tuesday in Oxford, Michigan. In the wake of the Oxford school shooting that killed four students, neighboring Wayne County District Attorney Kym Worthy said Wednesday that 18 students had been charged in the week since the shooting for uttering abuse. similar threats to other schools in the area.
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The weapon used for shooting was purchased a few days ago by James Crumbley.

“A lot has been written about these types of cases lately, but these serious events keep happening,” Worthy said. “Cracking down on threats at school is going to require all of us to work. It is also going to require us to face head-on our children’s access to guns and their fascination with them.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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