Parents of Accused Michigan School Shooter Charged for Contributing to Crimes

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Police keep watch outside of Oxford High School on December 01, 2021 in Oxford, Michigan.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The parents of a teenager accused of fatally shooting four classmates and wounding seven other people at a Michigan high school last week were charged with involuntary manslaughter Saturday. Charges against parents in school shootings are rare. But Michigan prosecutor Karen D. McDonald called the actions of the parents, Jennifer and James Crumbley, "egregious" based on evidence that they bought the gun for their son and kept it unsecured. We'll talk about parental criminal liability in school shootings, and its potential to prevent gun violence by minors.


John Woodrow Cox, enterprise reporter, The Washington Post; author, "Children Under Fire: An American Crisis"