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The suspect, Ethan Crumbley, 15, has met with school officials twice this week about separate episodes of disturbing behavior: once on Monday and another on Tuesday – this time with his parents – hours before the shooting, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said Thursday.

On Monday, “a teacher in the classroom where he was a student saw and heard something that she said was disturbing in terms of behavior. And they had a counseling session about it with school officials, and a phone call was left for parents, ”Bouchard told Brianna Keilar on CNN’s“ New Day ”.

Then, on Tuesday, “another teacher in another class saw behavior he felt was concerning, and they took the child to an office, had a meeting with school officials, called the parents, and eventually it was determined that he could return to class.

Bouchard declined to detail the concerns, adding that his department “had never been informed of either meeting before the shooting or that there were concerns about the behavior.”

When asked why Crumbley was allowed to return to class on Tuesday, Bouchard said: ‘This will all be part of the investigation, in terms of what they thought and why they thought it was the right step. . ”
During Crumbley’s appearance on Wednesday, authorities said they found two videos on Crumbley’s cell phone in which he spoke of shooting and killing high school students.

Another piece of evidence uncovered by investigators is a diary that was in Crumbley’s backpack that detailed his “desire to shoot the school to include the murder of students,” Lt. Tim Willis said during of the indictment.

School video shows the assailant shot the victims at close range, often targeting the head or chest, Bouchard told CNN on Wednesday.

In court, prosecutors said video from school surveillance cameras showed Crumbley with a backpack, and a minute later, coming out of a bathroom without a backpack and with a gun in his hand .

Crumbley began shooting outside the bathroom, prosecutor Marc Keast said. After the students started to flee, he walked down the hall at a “methodical pace” and shot inside classrooms and at students who had not escaped, Keast said. This continued for another four or five minutes until he went to another bathroom, Keast said.

When the deputies arrived, he put down the gun and surrendered.

Crumbley was charged Wednesday as an adult with terrorism causing death and four counts of first degree murder. He also faces seven counts of assault with intent to murder and 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, said Oakland County Prosecutor Karen D. McDonald.

“There’s a lot of digital evidence… there are videos, there are things that have been on social media, but you probably don’t even have to see that to know how terrifying it is. ‘be near another student who shoots and kills fellow students. I mean, it’s terror, ”McDonald told CNN of the terrorism charge.

Addressing the first degree murder charges, McDonald told reporters that the charge “requires premeditation and I am absolutely sure that after reviewing the evidence that this is not even a close call, it is ‘was absolutely premeditated’.

Crumbley’s attorney pleaded not guilty on behalf of the teenager on Wednesday at arraignment. The judge has scheduled a probable cause hearing for December 13 and a preliminary examination hearing for December 20. He is currently being held at the Oakland County Jail.

Additionally, McDonald said his office is considering charges against Crumbley’s parents, the potential charges stemming from parents owning a gun, which McDonald says involves legal responsibilities such as properly securing the gun and separation of ammunition.

The weapon that authorities say was used in the shooting, a Sig Sauer SP2022 9mm semi-automatic pistol, was purchased by Crumbley’s father four days before the shooting, Bouchard said on Tuesday.

CNN has urged the prosecutor to say whether evidence has been collected to support potential charges and what charges are being considered. The prosecutor declined to go into details, citing the investigation, but reiterated that an announcement would be made as soon as possible as to whether charges would be laid.

CNN has tried to reach Ethan Crumbley’s parents and is trying to identify a lawyer for them.

Survivors Facing Trauma and Grief

As investigators continue to comb through the details of the shooting, the students who endured the terrifying ordeal are struggling to cope with the aftermath.

JaVon Pittman, a student at Oxford secondary school, said he went into hiding while the incident unfolded. “We kicked the table out, barricaded the doors, and we just turned off the lights and hid under the desk,” the 17-year-old told CNN on Wednesday.

He called his father while he was in hiding, whispering to him that there had been a shooting at his school, JaVon said. His younger brother, Jonte, was also at school during the shooting and was able to escape.

“It was devastating to hear a phone call like that,” said JaMar Pittman, JaVon’s father.

JaVon and his father became moved as he remembered the fear they both felt at the time.

“You try to be there for your children. You can’t be there for your kids, and you get nervous. And for you to be their boss, their father, the superhero, whatever. You cannot save your children. It’s devastating, ”JaMar Pittman said.

JaVon said two of the shooting victims were like brothers to him.

“I was good friends with Justin (Shilling). Me and him used to laugh about everything, we were cool. … Tate (Myre) was a wonderful child. He was probably… the best person I could possibly meet besides my dad and besides God, ”JaVon said.

Zander Cumbey, a high school student, told CNN that Myre was his close friend with whom he played football.

“He was a great person, a great leader,” he told CNN. “I always wanted to make sure everyone was okay and involved in whatever they could. ”

Students lay flowers at the Oxford High School sign where commemorative items are placed in Oxford, Michigan on December 1, 2021.

Lives lost

The shooting claimed the lives of four teenagers, the youngest being 14 years old.

Hana St. Juliana, 14, was a high school basketball player in Oxford.

“We will never forget your kind heart, your silly personality and your passion for the game,” the team wrote on Twitter. “Since the 6th year camp you have remained devoted to Oxford basketball, soaking up the game.”

Beloved football player and senior with college scholarship among Michigan school shooting victims

Justin Shilling died Wednesday morning, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said. Anita’s Kitchen, where the 17-year-old worked, said he was co-captain of the bowling team, a devoted friend and “just a pleasure to be with”.

“Our hearts go out to his family and friends at this difficult time,” the statement said.

Madisyn Baldwin, 17, was due to graduate this year, her family told CNN affiliate WDIV, and had already been accepted into several colleges – some with full scholarships.

“This beautiful, intelligent and sweet loving daughter was tragically taken from us today, leaving a huge hole in all of our hearts…” Baldwin’s grandmother, Jennifer Graves Mosqueda, wrote on Facebook. “This horrible day could never have been imagined or planned. “

And 16-year-old Tate Myre was a football player who had played for his school’s varsity team since he was a freshman, the team said in a tweet. He was also an honor student.

“Tate was a great young man with a bright future and loved by everyone. We will miss you, Tate, ”the team tweeted Tuesday night.

CNN’s Amir Vera, Jason Hanna, Kristina Sgueglia, Carolyn Sung, Laura Dolan, Leon Jobe, and Taylor Romine contributed to this report.

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