Before going on a deadly rampage, the accused high school shooter convinced school officials that his violent drawings at were for a “video game.”
A letter sent to the community in Michigan explained, “On the morning of Nov. 30, a teacher observed concerning drawings and written statements that have been detailed in media reports, which the teacher reported to school counselors and the Dean of students.”
“The student was immediately removed from the classroom and brought to the guidance counselor’s office where he claimed the drawing was part of a video game he was designing and informed counselors that he planned to pursue video game design as a career,” school superintendent Tim Thorne wrote.
15-year-old accused shooter Ethan Crumbley and his parents also met with school officials just hours before he allegedly opened fire on peers and school employees.
“At no time did counselors believe the student might harm others based on his behavior, responses and demeanor, which appeared calm,” the letter said.
“In addition, despite media reports, whether or not the gun was in his backpack has not been confirmed by law enforcement to our knowledge nor by our investigation at this time,” the letter added.
Crumbley’s parents were told to take their son home that day, but “they flatly refused and left without their son, apparently to return to work.”
Then Crumbley was apparently allowed to return to class.
Before the shooting, the school told Crumbley’s parents that they have 48 hours to find counseling for their son or “the school would contact Child Protective Services.”
The weapon allegedly used by the suspected Michigan high school shooter Ethan Crumbley was a Christmas present from his parents.
Jennifer Crumbley posted an image to social media with the caption, “mom and son day testing out his new Christmas present.”
On Nov. 26, his father purchased the weapon at a local gun shop, according to authorties.
The suspected shooter posted images of the gun on social media with the caption: “Just got my new beauty today [heart emoji] sig sauer 9mm any questions I will answer.”
According to prosecutors, just one day before the attack, the 15-year-old was caught in school searching online for ammunition on his cell phone.
His mother allegedly texted him, “LOL, I’m not mad, you have to learn not to get caught.”
Crumbley allegedly killed four students and injured several others, including a teacher.
His parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, have been charged with four counts each of involuntary manslaughter. An extensive manhunt resulted in the capture of the parents who failed to appear for their arraignment.
Prosecutors say the mother of suspected Michigan high school shooter Ethan Crumbley texted him a number of chilling remarks.
As he unleashed gunfire at his high school, she told him “don’t do it,” according to prosecutors.
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On the morning of the shooting, a teacher noticed a note on Crumbley’s desk with drawings of a gun, a bullet and a person being shot, McDonald revealed to reporters.
Both parents met with their son and school leaders Tuesday morning and left while Crumbley returned to class. He later fired at least 30 rounds into the school hallway. He faces multiple charges, including four counts of first-degree murder.
The search for James and Jennifer Crumbley involved the U.S. Marshals Service, FBI and Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.
“The Crumbleys left town on the night of the tragic shooting for their own safety. They are returning to the area to be arraigned. They are not fleeing from law enforcement despite recent comments in media reports,” attorneys Shannon Smith and Mariell Lehman told Fox News.