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Michigan High School Students Sue for Policy Changes After Mass Shooting

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Twenty students filed a lawsuit against Oxford High School in Michigan, which refused to carry out an independent investigation of the school shooting in 2021.

The surviving students claim that the school authorities knew about the potential danger that the 15-year-old shooter Ethan Crumbley posed to the school students and staff. The lawsuit states that the school failed to warn its students against a potential security threat and protect them from the shooting. According to the suit, the school directory declined the Michigan Attorney General’s offers to investigate the pre-shooting events.

The main students’ requirements for Oxford High School are to implement the school safety policies before the academic year begins, provide the “full transparency and proper training in areas such as conducting searches of backpacks”, and suspend the students posing risk to other students and educators from school.

Before the tragedy, the 15-year-old shooter Ethan Crumbley showed multiple signs of inappropriate behavior. For example, Crumbley intentionally searched the web for ammunition in classes, discussed shooting and killing students with his classmates, and posted firearm photos on his social media. Previously, his father, James Crumbley, bought a handgun with his son, and his mother, Jennifer Crumbley, took Ethan to a shooting range.

On November 30, 2021, the young Crumbley shot four students and injured seven people, including a teacher. He was accused of 24 crimes, including firs-degree murder and terrorism, as an adult. The juvenile’s parents were charged with involuntary manslaughter involved in their son’s actions. Since the couple didn’t show up at court, they were arrested in Detroit and held on a $500,000 bond.

In March, Judge Kwamé Rowe ordered Ethan Crumbley to stay in adult prison until the perpetrator awaited trial.

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Article by Yevheniia Savchenko

Yevheniia Savchenko is a Legal Writer at Lawrina. Yevheniia browses through the most interesting and relevant news in the legal and legaltech world and collects them on Lawrina’s blog. Also, Yevheniia composes various how-to guides on legaltech, plus writes product articles and release notes for Loio, AI-powered contract review and drafting software.

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