The parents of a teenager suspected of a deadly school shooting have denied charges of involuntary manslaughter following their arrest on Saturday. They are accused of ignoring warning signs before their son's alleged rampage. Prosecutors say Ethan Crumbley, 15, used his father's gun to shoot classmates in the nearby Michigan town of Oxford, killing four and wounding seven.
Here's some cold hard news: Parents, your kids actions are because of you. I hear it all the time, "I couldn't control little Johnny" etc.. etc... Okay so let's say thats true. Then why the hell do you leave your firearms unlocked and within reach of said problem child? You are responsible for guiding your kids into a safe world... you are also responsible for a world safe from your child.
Guns and problem children don't mix. Guns and depression don't mix. Guns and criminals don't mix. Guns and irresponsible citizens don't mix. Guns and your child's problematic friends don't mix (believe me every kid has one friend like that).
I'm not an advocate for more laws, yet I am an advocate of holding parents responsible for their kids actions. I don't know how many times I've been on the news talking about free gun safety tips, free gun locks and free storage advice on keeping communities safe. Yet time and time again I'll get the call that another child was shot - because of irresponsible parents.
Its time parents spent time in jail for their kids actions & held liable financially. Most LE agencies don't prosecute the parents but I think it's time to do just that.
This doesn't let society and friends off the hook either. If you have a friend, neighbor, acquaintance who is having issues, step up and see if you can help. No one is a complete loner. Perhaps if someone would have shown interest in these kids earlier in life we wouldn't have these issues. There were no mass shootings when I was growing up... and we had guns everywhere. What is wrong with our super tech world that doesn't even show interest in helping problematic kids? We would rather text someone with a happy friggin face than sit across from them and show true interest.
If my child were shot I would be devastated beyond repair. I can only imagine the heartache that is caused by irresponsible parents allowing firearms to be accessible to children, by irresponsible parents not seeking professional help for the kids mental states, by schools looking the other way from problem kids, depression, and from mental health issues. If a kid has come to the point he is willing to kill others he/she/etc needs professional help, to be in an institution.
It's time to step up parents. This is right at your door knocking. Ask your kids about their day, how their friends are doing, who is happy, who is not. Show interest. And for Gods sake, lock your guns up and away from your children and their friends.
Thank you. I totally agree with everything you said. It’s time to hold the parents accountable. I think school should have called authorities too.
Thank you for taking this stance. I know not everyone will agree, but this needed to said.
This young boys parents don’t even look sorry for what their son did. No remorse at all.
Now for the primary issue at hand as Kentucky Jack stated this situation is not black and white. I do know that this situation is a tragedy and always is when stuff like this happens. However, just because it happened does not warrant new laws. Statistically school shootings and deaths are incredibly low and have always been the case.
I know two solutions that probably 99% of the time would prevent this entire situation from ever happening again. But, is highly unpopular, and often when I say it, it pi$$es people off. First, if this father was leading his house as Christ commanded us men to do, this most likely would not have happened. Additionally, when parents send their children to these institutions, you are giving other people permission to teach and parent your children. Many parents are discovering now that the minute you drop your kids off at school, you effectively give the school your authority as the parent. Just like all these school board meetings where parents want change. The problem is not the school; the problem resides in the parents for allowing someone else to teach their children. The solution to stopping public school shootings is not hard. It starts with homeschooling your children in an environment built on Christ principles. The ten commandments are a great starting point to leading change in your household.
There is a reason why the destruction of the family ramped up exponentially when women were convinced that being home was bowing to the patriarchy instead of following the laws of God. Big Brother smiled at all the fools who helped them double the collected income tax. Getting both parents to work and feed the beast system and then allowing the daddy government to control children's minds in the indoctrination centers called public school; is one of the greatest deceptions of our time. All the while doing this over the last 60 years, we somehow scratch our heads when our children live sinful lives and make awful decisions. When is the last time your heard your pastor preach on this entire topic? I bet he has not!
Shouldn't charge the parents if they don’t charge the school too.
No one thought to ask where is the gun and if he brought it to school? Then check for it?
All in all… the parents did have a part of this, but most parents have no clue about their children and what their child does outside of their supervision. Lots of parents want to think that they do but often they are incorrect.
He may have not shown any signs to the parents… simply looking up ammunition is not a sign. Pictures of him at the range is not a sign. Pics/video of him displaying the firearm “My new baby”, “him with his dad at a gun store” isn’t a sign.
However the hand drawn pics were a sign and those were found at school by a teacher and not the parents. So that’s on the school for not providing adequate safety precautions after they came across it. They should have searched him/desk/locker/backpack and then sent him home with his parents that day until the parents brought in a letter from a psychiatrist clearing the son to return.
One thing I have noticed is that there have been several shootings perpetrated by minors HERE in Louisville this year! Yet not a mention from Barry about prosecuting parents. Why? Does a child have to draw out bloody pictures to prove they are troubled and capable of murder? Are the parents not responsible for knowing where their children are at night and who they hang out with and their behavior?
So, Barry, just so that it’s clear to me as a parent, if my kid draws bloody pictures then kills people with the gun I claim to have locked up then I’m negligent and you’ll blog about it. But, if I let my kid roam the around the streets while sensationalizing that street life and he gets a hold of a gun and tries to do criminal things and kills someone then I’m NOT negligent.
Seems like an odd opinion piece from a gun shop that sells guns without proof of a safe or purchase of a small gun case. I’m sure some people would make an argument that Openrange would be negligent. Before pulling the stick out of someone’s eye, make sure you pull the one out of your own eye.
When society started wanting to be friends with their kids so they could post "The Cool Mom or Dad" pics on social media, they essentially threw in the towel on parenting.
Having said all that, I'm not 100% convinced either way on this issue because it's never black and white. Having kids that went through the local school systems recently, I have mixed feelings on how everything plays out, so many gray areas. The schools are not always forthcoming with issues (most likely because of constant fear of crazy parent retribution and litigation) and the parents sometimes aren't privy to what happens during the school day. However, we must remember that we are the best advocates for our own kids. If they are having a problem, whether it be math or mental illness, you must be the one to take action. If the school is taking action, generally, the problem has been going on for a while. I think the lesson here is that we must be deliberate when raising our kids; it's too easy to sit back and let things happen rather than making things happen.
Get involved in their activities, take them to church, to Scouts, to Volleyball and stay and participate. Do what you have to do and take the time......
This is on target.
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