Michigan school shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley texted his mother about “demons” and “ghosts,” just one of several disturbing signs his parents ignored leading up to the tragic slaughter at Oxford High School
The 15-year-old videotaped himself torturing animals, made Molotov cocktails at home, and drew a sketch of himself shooting up his school in his journal, Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor Marc Keast said in court.
Crumbley also once texted a friend “it’s time to shoot up a school JK,” the Detroit Free Press reported.
The boy is accused of killing four students and a teacher, and hurting six others in the Nov. 30 shooting.
The revelations about the teen’s behavior in the months leading up to the attack came as Keast successfully argued that the court should not reduce the $500,000 bond set for parents Jennifer and James Crumbley.
The pair, who have been charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter, are accused of allowing their son access to the 9mm handgun he alleged used to massacre his classmates, and ignoring key warning signs before the attack.
Keast said the March texts describing a demon or ghosts in the house were sent multiple times, and sometimes it would take Jennifer Crumbley hours to reply, according to Fox 2 Detroit. He also wrote several times about demons in his journal, The Sun reported.
The teen also bought a Nazi coin on Amazon that he displayed in this room, and drew Nazi symbols in a notebook shared by all members of the family.
“The evidence shows a 15-year-old who has repeatedly informed his parent that he was hallucinating, the same 15-year-old who continuously demonstrated tendencies that were worrisome – all able to be found by his parents,” Keast said.
Keast also said a friend of Ethan Crumbley moved away in late October. He said this had an impact on the teen that his parents acknowledged but failed to address. Another notebook that was not hidden had photos of guns on every page, he said.
Yet 45-year-old dad James bought the handgun his son is accused of using to slaughter his classmates just four days earlier, on Black Friday, as an early Christmas present for the teen. And the parents did not remove the teen from school when he was found earlier on the day of the shooting drawing violent sketches on his classwork.
District Court Judge Julie Nicholson refused to lower the bond, concluding the parents were a flight risk, saying the charges in the case are too serious.
Crumbley, separately appeared by video from jail for a brief hearing Friday, in which he waived his right to a probable-cause hearing in his case.
Students at Oxford High School, about 30 miles north of Detroit, will have to carry clear backpacks when they return to classes Monday for the first time since the shooting. They will be at a different building.