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The lawsuit alleges that the Oxford High School administration could have prevented the deadly school shooting

“The horrors of November 30, 2021 could have been completely prevented,” the lawsuit said.

The complaint was initially filed in a US District Court in Michigan in December by the family of two sisters who survived the shooting, and was amended on January 7. The Oxford Community School District, its superintendent, the principal of Oxford High School and the dean of students, as well as anonymous counselors, teachers and a staff are the defendants.

One of the sisters was shot in the neck during the attack, Sue says, and the other narrowly escaped.

The lawsuit seeks more than $100 million for each girl, citing the need for medical and emotional healing.

In a statement to CNN on Wednesday, Tim Mullins, an attorney representing the Oxford Community School District, said the district and all of its personnel fully cooperated with the investigation into the shooting.

“In pursuing the investigation, prosecutors have asked and the school district certainly agreed, and we have made a commitment not to do or say anything that would confuse, interfere with or influence the pursuit of justice on the part of the victims of these criminals. interrupts. Works,” Mullins said. “The school district is honoring that commitment.”

Crumbly, 15, has been charged as an adult in the shooting. He faces one count of terrorism by causing death, four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to murder, and 12 counts of possession of a firearm while committing a felony. A non-guilty petition was filed on his behalf.
Ethan Crumbley’s parents, Jennifer and James Crumbley, were arrested days after the shooting and were each charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter. He has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors said in a filing in December that the teen’s parents were “in a better position than anyone else in the world to prevent this tragedy, but they failed to do so.”

Lawyers for Ethan, Jennifer and James Crumbley have not responded to CNN’s request for comment.

Lawsuit says dangerous behavior began weeks before shooting

The lawsuit says Ethan Crumbley displayed dangerous behavior on November 11 when he brought a severed bird’s head to school in a mason jar filled with yellow liquid. He left the jar on a toilet paper dispenser in the boys’ bathroom, it said.

The lawsuit states that the students reported the incident to the principal of Oxford High School and other officials of the school administration.

The next day, according to the lawsuit, the high school sent an email to parents saying: “Please know that we have reviewed every concern we share with you and checked all information provided.. .[w]I want our parents and students to know that there is no danger to our building nor our students.”

According to the complaint, on November 16, several parents expressed concerns with the principal about threats made to Crumbley on social media. The complaint said the principal and Oxford superintendent had reviewed Crumbley’s post, threatening Oxford High students. Crumbley’s Instagram and other social media accounts were set to public, meaning anyone can view them, it said.

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The complaint alleges that a parent told the school authorities, “I know it has been investigated but my child doesn’t feel safe at school.”

The same day, the principal emailed the parents, saying: “I know I’m being redundant here, but there’s absolutely no danger in HS… a few social media posts made big assumptions, then assumptions.” turned into exaggerated rumours.”

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Following the exchange of emails, the superintendent warned the students — over loudspeakers — to “stop spreading information on social media and stop relying on information on social media,” the lawsuit says.

“Relevant (the superintendent’s) actions at all times, by advising each student … that there was no credible threat, showed conduct so reckless as to demonstrate a substantial lack of concern for the outcome of the injury (wound),” the lawsuit said. .

The lawsuit states that Ethan Crumbley brought ammunition to the school

Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said last month that James Crumbley purchased the gun used in the shooting four days before the fatal attack.

McDonald said during Parent’s December 4 obituary, “Ethan Crumbley” had “full access to this weapon,” and that the parents “didn’t secure[the gun]and allowed him free access.”

On November 29 – the day before the shooting – the lawsuit states that Crumbley “bring ammunition to Oxford High School and openly displayed the same in the classroom.” That same day, a teacher saw Crumbley “searching for ammunition on his cell phone during class,” the lawsuit says. The teacher informed the counselor about the incident.

The lawsuit states that officers repeatedly failed to notify the school safety liaison officer about incidents involving Crumble.

The school authorities got in touch with the parents via phone and email, but they did not respond. The lawsuit alleges that officers “released Ethan Crumbley from school without discipline and without investigating his inappropriate Internet searches.”

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Later, Jennifer Crumbley sent her son a text message saying, “LOL I’m not mad at you. You have to learn not to get caught, according to McDonald’s.”

That night, the lawsuit alleges, Crumble changed his Twitter bio to read, “Now I become death, destroyer of the world. See you tomorrow Oxford.”

McDonald said that on the day of the shooting, another teacher found a picture on Crumbley’s table, which essentially depicted a shooting. “It bothered him that he took a picture of it on his cell phone,” the prosecutor said.

The lawsuit states that the photo prompted school officials to hold a meeting with him and his parents.

When the parents were called that day, Jennifer Crumbley asked if James Crumbley could just call, and he was told by the school that they had called him, but only heard “dead air”, prosecutor Mark Kest said. Last week, the court said hearing on the reduction in bonds.

Both parents eventually appeared at the school.

Kest told the court that when the school discussed their concern over the teen’s portrait, the parents said none of them could take him home. Jennifer Crumbley then said, “Are we done here?” According to Kist’s account, when the school said they had 48 hours to call a doctor.

Parents opposed the idea of ​​taking their son out of school, McDonald’s said in December, and he was allowed to return to class.

The shooting happened several hours later, but prosecutors say neither parent went home to check the location of the gun.

Medicine Baldwin, 17; Tate Myere, 16; Hana St. Juliana, 14; And 17-year-old Justin Schilling was killed in the shooting, officials said. Six other students and a teacher were injured.

CNN’s Jason Hanna, Taylor Romaine and Kelly McCleary contributed to this report.

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