A 10-year-old Michigan boy reportedly threatened to shoot up his elementary school like Oxford High School shooter Ethan Crumbley, according to local reports.
Crumbley, who was 15 when he fatally shot four high school students and wounded seven others on Nov. 30, 2021, pleaded guilty to a total of 24 charges last week.
The 10-year-old from Lake Orion, less than a 10-minute drive south of Oxford, reportedly told another student at Paint Creek Elementary on Oct. 28, “I’m going to hit the school like Ethan Crumbley.” FOX 2 Detroit reported.
The student was removed from school and he spent a night at Oakland County Children’s Village, which is described as a “safe, structured, therapeutic environment for youth that includes secure detention, residential treatment and shelter care.”
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His father had unsecured guns in their home, FOX 2 reported.
“The month of November brings more potential disruption to our community,” Lake Orion Superintendent Ben Kirby said in an Oct. 28 statement. “The anniversary of the tragedy in Oxford will spur some to emulate the disruption with threats and false behavior that causes trouble. We have seen this in our county in the past week and security experts tell us this type of behavior has been going on for two up to three years after a tragedy”.
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Kirby told parents to “emphasize” to their children that “all threats and threatening behavior will be taken seriously and referred to the police, and the consequences can be as severe as expulsion from public schools, apart from the legal consequences”.
“As a reminder to hunters in our community, please remember that guns and related items cannot be on or near school property without exception, so please plan accordingly,” he continued.
The Oakland County District Attorney’s Office did not immediately respond to an inquiry from Fox News Digital.
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Oakland County Chief Assistant Prosecutor David Williams told FOX 2 that “a criminal charge is not always the right answer.”
“Right now we have our eyes on this family and we’re determining what steps we need to take to keep the family safe,” Williams said.
Although Ethan Crumbley pleaded guilty, his parents, James and Jennifer Crumbely, face four counts of involuntary manslaughter each for their roles in their son’s spiral. Prosecutors say his father bought the 15-year-old a gun for Christmas and his mother posted about the gift on Facebook.
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Prosecutors also say James and Jennifer attended a meeting with Ethan and school counselors the day he shot up Oxford High School but refused to take him home. He opened fire soon after.
Madisyn Baldwin, Tate Myre, Hana St. Juliana and Justin Schilling were killed in the November 2021 shooting, while six students and a teacher were injured.