School shooter’s mum convicted over deaths

The mother of a US school shooter has been found guilty of manslaughter in a landmark trial at Oakland County Court.

Michigan woman Jennifer Crumbley, 45, was convicted yesterday of four counts of involuntary manslaughter over the actions of her son Ethan, who was 15 when he fatally shot four classmates at Oxford High School near Detroit in 2021.

He is serving life in prison without parole after pleading guilty in 2022 to four counts of first-degree murder and other charges.

Prosecutors successfully argued Ms Crumbley was responsible for the deaths because she and her husband gave their son a semi-automatic handgun while aware he was showing signs of violence.

The trial is believed to be the first in America involving a parent facing a manslaughter charge over a school shooting carried out by their child.

Ethan’s father James Crumbley, 47, is to face trial on manslaughter charges next month.

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