Oxford Township, MichiganNewsNation Now) — For the first time in history, the parents of a suspected school shooter could be prosecuted in connection with the alleged crime of their child.
A prosecutor in Oxford, Michigan made a surprising announcement on Wednesday: Ethan Cranby, 15 years old faced a judge For the first time, he was charged as an adult with 20 crimes, including murder, attempted murder, and terrorism.
According to the county sheriff, Cranby’s father bought a 9mm sigzauer gun that was believed to have been used in the shooting last week.
Prosecutor Karen McDonald He said the gun was unlocked, unsafe, and had “strong evidence of gross negligence.” Thursday’s “American Morning”. McDonald’s told teenagers on Thursday that the gun “just seemed to be freely available.”
“Ownership of a gun also brings responsibility, so details surrounding mom and dad’s access to the gun will be announced soon,” McDonald said. “But yes, we are considering a very serious claim. It’s far beyond parental negligence, I’ll say it that way.”
Legal analyst Karen Conti “To balance” There is no law in Michigan that says, “If you have children, you must lock your gun.”
Still, Conti believes that parents may be held accountable in some way.
“If my parents knew he was doing stupid things and told social media,” I’m going to kill a student, by the way, this is my dad’s pistol, “the parents think so. Increasingly, they will be held accountable in some way, whether they are actually claiming terrorism or some sort of accountability, “Conti said.
Sheriff Mike Bouchard told reporters that Cranby’s parents were called to school on Tuesday “for actions in the classroom that were of concern.” The teen remained in school and the shooting took place hours later.
Conti says Michigan’s Law is “really strange.”
“If a child under the age of 18 uses a gun at school, knows that a crime will be committed, and does something else, parents may be criminally liable for their child’s behavior. It’s a crime, “Conti said. “How do you prove that your parents knew this kid was trying to do it and did something to help the kid do it?”
She says the law as a whole does not give parents a lot of criminal liability.
Investigators have not announced their motivation for shooting at Oxford High School, about 30 miles north of Detroit on Tuesday.
It was the most deadly school shooting ever since Santa Fe, Texas, High School Massacre According to the Associated Press / USA TODAY / Northeastern University Mass Slaughter Database in 2018. The United States carried out 31 mass slaughter this year, 28 of which were related to firearms.
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