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Crumbley parents face rare, but not unprecedented, charges in Michigan school shooting

Added 12-03-21 05:18:02pm EST - “Charges against parents of the children who commit school shootings are rare, but the Crumbleys aren't the first to be held accountable by the law for children who commit crimes.” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Crumbley parents face rare, but not unprecedented, charges in Michigan school shooting”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Charges against parents of the children who commit school shootings are rare, but the Crumbleys aren’t the first to be held accountable by the law for children who commit such school violence.

Something similar happened in the Crumbley’s home state of Michigan more than two decades ago, when Jamelle James was sentenced to two years in prison for involuntary manslaughter after a 6-year-old found his gun and used it to kill a classmate in 2000, according to the Detroit News.

It is “extremely rare” for parents to face such charges, said Loyola Law School professor Laurie Levenson, but the details revealed by the Oakland County prosecutor could show the Crumbleys were negligent.”

The prosecutor revealed today that not only did the parents buy the gun, but they let the gun readily available to their son,” Levenson said. “They knew that their son was having severe emotional problems, but they took no heed of that. They acted with what we call extreme negligence.”

Levenson, a former federal prosecutor, said charging the Crumbleys doesn’t mean that “in every tragic accident that the parents would be held responsible, but in this one, where they seemed to be on notice, ignored all the warning signs and didn’t take basic precautions.”

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