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Attorney details four red flags in Oxford shooting that show teen was troubled

Detroit — An attorney representing families of four students slain and others wounded in the Nov. 30 Oxford High School shooting said Thursday the 15-year-old shooter did show troubling signs that were noted to school officials.

“From the beginning of school, Ethan Crumbley was evidencing signs of being a highly troubled individual to say the least,” said Detroit Attorney Ven Johnson during a press conference alongside parents of victims Justin Shilling, Keegan Gregory, and Tate Myre. “There weren’t warning signs. There were stop signs everywhere especially, on Monday the (Nov.) 29th and Tuesday the 30th, (2021).”

During an hour-and-half press conference, Johnson detailed four red flags deriving from depositions of six Oxford High School officials that they believe could have prevented the tragedy had corrective action taken place.

Specifically, Johnson detailed that Crumbley turned in drawings and filled out assignments that showed “violent” responses. Teachers alerted counselors and school officials that Crumbley was looking at bullets and videos of gunning down crowds while sitting in class even up to the day of the tragedy.

Johnson’s firm has several related lawsuits pending in Oakland Circuit Court and federal court. Johnson said he wants to argue the unconstitutionality of Oxford Community Schools — or any government body — “to hide behind governmental immunity.”

Attorney Ven Johnson,(c), with victim's family members L-r, Sheri Myre her husband Buck Myre, Meghan Gregory and Jill Soave talks about the timeline during the days that led to the shooting by Ethan Crumbley at Oxford H.S. during a press conference at Westin Hotel. September 22, 2022, Detroit, MI.

Oakland County Circuit Judge Rae Lee Chabot had previously ordered attorneys into mediation on the issues, but after they reported being unable to resolve matters, she told attorneys in July they have 60 days to comply with depositions from six school employees named as defendants: Pam Parker Fine and Shawn Hopkins, both school counselors; Nicholas Ejak, dean of students; and teachers Jacquelyn Kubina, Becky Morgan and Allison Karpinski.

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