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Suspect in Oxford High shooting met with staff over behavior ahead of rampage

James David Dickson, The Detroit News on

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PONTIAC, Mich. — Before he allegedly carried out a shooting at Oxford High School, the 15-year-old student accused in the rampage took part in a meeting with his parents and school officials over his "concerning" behavior in the classroom, authorities said Wednesday.

Ethan Crumbley and his parents had a face-to-face meeting with school administrators shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said. The day prior, he said, Cumbley also was called in for a meeting with school personnel.

Bouchard declined to discuss specifics of the Tuesday meeting that took place just hours before Crumbley allegedly emerged from a bathroom and began shooting in hallways. Four students were killed and seven others were injured.

The school had no prior disciplinary or behavioral complaints involving Crumbley, and there were no reports that he'd faced bullying, Bouchard added.

"Regardless of what he faced, there is no excuse for those senseless actions," the sheriff told reporters during a Wednesday afternoon news briefing.

Bouchard praised the county's prosecutor for charging Crumbley as an adult.


Crumbley, he said, fired 30 rounds during the five-minute ordeal. He had three, 15-round magazines, the sheriff added.

"I agree with the charges that have been levied," Bouchard said. "I agree with holding this individual wholly and completely responsible for the deplorable, tragic event that occurred by choice."

Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said just ahead of Bouchard's news update that she charged Crumbley with numerous felony counts, including murder and terrorism.

McDonald said she approved charging Crumbley with one count of terrorism causing death, four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to murder and 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He faces up to life in prison without parole if convicted as charged.


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