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Michigan teen admits to killing 4 students in 2021 high school shooting

Oct. 24, 2022
Ethan Crumbley has pleaded guilty to murder and other charges in the November 2021 attack at Oxford High School in Oxford, Mich.

A Michigan teen has pleaded guilty to murder in last year's fatal shooting of four students at his high school.

CNN reports that Ethan Crumbley admitted to killing four and wounding seven others at Oxford High School in Oxford, Mich., on Nov. 30, 2021.

Crumbley, 16, was a sophomore at the school. He pleaded guilty Monday to all 24 charges against him – including four counts of first-degree murder. He also said that on the day of the shooting, he got a gun from an unlocked container in his home, hid it in his backpack and pulled it out of his bag in a bathroom before opening fire on schoolmates.

The teen faces up to life in prison without parole.

The four students who died: Madisyn Baldwin, 17; Tate Myre, 16; Hana St. Juliana, 14; and Justin Shilling, 17. Six other students and one teacher were injured.

Crumbley's defense attorneys had indicated they would pursue an insanity defense, but subsequently decided a guilty plea was in his best interest, they said.

The teen’s parents, Jennifer and James Crumbley, have each been charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter related to the shooting. Prosecutors have accused them of giving their son easy access to a gun and ignoring signs that he was a threat.

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Mike Kennedy | Senior Editor

Mike Kennedy has been writing about education for American School & University since 1999. He also has reported on schools and other topics for The Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star, The Kansas City Times and City News Bureau of Chicago. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.

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