Crumbley marks first school shooter to be charged with terrorism

Crumbley marks first school shooter to be charged with terrorism

Since the Columbine massacre in 1999, there have been 229 school shootings in the United States; and the Oxford school shooting is the first shooting where the gunman has had a terrorism charge brought against him.
15-year-old Ethan Crumbley is being charged as an adult with one count of terrorism which carries a life sentence in itself, along with a slew of 23 other charges from the tragedy that unfolded on November 30, 2021.
According to the FBI, the legal definition of terrorism is violent criminal acts by individuals and/or groups to further ideological goals stemming from domestic influences that are political, religious, social, racial, or environmental nature.
But according to Michigan Law, terrorism is an act that a person knows or has reason to know is dangerous to human life.
The assistant prosecutor for Oakland County, Karen McDonald, was the woman in charge of prosecuting Crumbley on behalf of the state.
”There is no playbook on how to prosecute a school shooting,” McDonald said in a press conference on December 1. ”We must have an appropriate consequence that speaks for the victims that were not killed or injured but also, they were affected, how do they go back to school.”
As of December 14, four students have died due to Crumbley’s actions as well as seven others who were injured. Crumbley and his lawyer have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
“My focus is solely on Ethan in Ethan’s case,” Crumbley’s lawyer Paulette Michel Loftin said in a court hearing on December 1.
On just one terrorism charge, Crumbley is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole if he is convicted. With the mountain of evidence including camera recordings and thousands of pages of police reports, there will be much evidence presented in court.
“As a defense attorney, it’s not as though I’m defending his actions. I’m defending him to make sure his rights are preserved,” Loftin said.
Crumbley made his second court appearance on Monday, December 13 for a preliminary hearing before his December 20 hearing in which Judge Nancy Carniak will decide if there is enough evidence to send Crumbley to trial.