• Angelica Tyler

Oxford High School Shooting

Three students were shot and killed and eight others were injured in a school shooting on Nov. 30, at Oxford High school in Detroit, Mich. A 15-year-old sophomore, Ethan Crumbley, was taken into custody for having possession of a handgun.

The authorities identified the two students killed in the shooting as Hana St. Juliana, 14, and Madisyn Baldwin, 17. As stated by an Oakland County police officer, Tate Myre, 16, died in a police car while he was being taken to the hospital in a patrol car. The other victims, including a teacher, were critically injured and were taken to the hospital with varying injuries.

On Tuesday of the incident, three students were in critical condition. One of the students was a 15-year-old boy who suffered from a gunshot wound to the head and a 14-year-old girl wounded in the neck and chest, who suffers to breathe through a ventilator.

The shooting lasted roughly five minutes as deputies rushed to the school around lunchtime. According to police officials, the suspected shooter was apprehended after he was stopped by deputies, walking down a hall with a 9mm loaded handgun. The suspect was given the 9mm Sig Sauer, reportedly a week before the incident, that was purchased by his father.

On the day of the incident, Ethan was taken to a juvenile facility. Later on, Ethan was taken to the county jail and tried as an adult. Ethan is being charged with four counts for first-degree murder and terrorism and other charges. The parents of Ethan, James and Jennifer Crumbley are considered fugitives but are not currently in custody. Reports from local sheriffs are confident that the parents will be put in custody no matter the circumstances.

After court appearances on Dec. 3, the Crumbleys were charged with involuntary manslaughter. Numerous comments have been made towards James Crumbley for purchasing the semi-automatic handgun. The prosecutor in the trial called both of the parents “egregious.” The parents of Ethan are suspected of having left town “for their own safety” from reports made by their attorneys and that James and Jennifer did not flee and are returning soon to their hometown.

Due to the incident that occurred in Oxford High school, there is much reconsideration with the policy on gun laws in the U.S. Being in America and having to accept school shootings is disgraceful. It has come to a point that students practice school shooter drills more than focusing on the sole purposes of getting an education. Students should be able to learn, socialize and grow. They should not have to worry about themselves, another students or their teachers’ lives being put at risk.