Lawsuit Filed Against Ethan Crumbley, Crumbley’s Parents, and Oxford School Officials – The Oakland Press

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Accused school shooter Ethan Crumbley, his parents and several school officials are named in a complaint filed Thursday on behalf of the parents of Tate Myre – one of four students killed in the Nov. 30, 2021 incident – and other students who witnessed it.

The 35-page lawsuit, filed in Oakland County Circuit Court by Detroit-area attorney Ven Johnson, seeks at least $25,000. Along with Ethan Crumbley and his parents James and Jennifer Crumbley, the defendants in the lawsuit are Oxford student dean Nicholas Ejak, school counselors Pam Parker Fine and Shawn Hopkins, and three unnamed teachers.

Crumbley’s parents are charged with intentional, reckless and negligent driving that led to the mass shooting. Oxford High School staff and teachers named in the lawsuit are charged with gross negligence for failing to notify authorities after Ethan Crumbley allegedly showed signs of mental illness through drawings and other behaviors at the school the day before and the day of the shooting. Gross negligence must be proven in cases where government immunity can be used as a defence.

As seen via Zoom, attorney Ven Johnson with a sign created from evidence in Ethan Crumbley’s court filing, showing a school diary where the teenager allegedly added disturbing notes and drawings before the shooting. Some see it as a call for help. (Aileen Wingblad/MediaNews Group)

It is also alleged that after Ethan Crumbley and his parents met with school officials the morning of the shooting to discuss troubling behavior, one of the school counselors retrieved the school’s backpack. teenager in a classroom and handed it back to him without checking inside. It is believed that the handgun used in the shooting and the ammunition were in the backpack.

“It’s beyond gross negligence,” Johnson said at a press conference Thursday.

Tate Myre’s parents, William “Buck” and Sheri Myre, Chad and Meghan Gregory, whose son, Keegan, witnessed the shooting death of another victim, Justin Shilling, and Lauren Aliano, whose daughters, Sophia Kempen and Grace Kempen hid in classrooms during filming.

“The Ball Has Been Dropped”

“We are sad and sorry. Our lives are changed forever. Our family will never be the same again,” Buck Myre said at the press conference. “We are not doing well. All we do is walk around the house and think about Tate.

Myre said the lawsuit was filed so that those responsible for what happened on Nov. 30 would be held accountable.

“It would be a disgrace to Tate if we didn’t, and the values ​​we stand for as a family,” he said. “The ball was dropped, the ball was dropped. Accounts must be taken. »

He also said he hoped the trial would lead to changes in government immunity law – which litigants face – and raise awareness of mental health issues.

Booking photo of Ethan Crumbley

Chad and Meghan Gregory also spoke at the press conference, who spoke about the ongoing struggles their son, Keegan, is facing following the shooting. He is not about to return to school, they said, and he is being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder.

As stated in the lawsuit, Keegan was texting his family from the bathroom stall “describing these horrific events” as Justin Shilling was shot. According to Chad Gregory, his son told him that moments before Justin had said they should run if they had the chance.

Ethan Crumbley “then ordered Keegan out of the cabin and down, whereupon Keegan rushed to the bathroom door to safety,” the lawsuit states.

Ethan Crumbley, 15, is charged with four counts of first degree premeditated homicide, terrorism causing death, seven counts of assault with intent to murder and 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime. On Thursday, his lawyer Paulette Loftin filed a notice of defense of insanity and said she would then seek a psychiatric evaluation for criminal liability.

James and Jennifer Crumbley are each charged with four counts of manslaughter.

Prosecutors said the gun used in the shooting had been purchased days before by James Crumbley and their son had full access to it.

The Oxford High School reopened on Monday with its interior remodeled due to the shooting.

Another lawsuit relating to the shooting was filed in December in federal court by Jeffrey and Brandi Franz, on behalf of their daughters, Riley, 17, who suffered a gunshot wound to her neck, and Bella, 14. , who was next to her when she was shot. They are asking for $100 million for each of their daughters, saying school officials and high school staff did not do enough to prevent the shooting and protect the students.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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