James Crumbley, Father Of School Shooter, Convicted

March 15, 2024

James Crumbley is not on trial for what his son did. He’s on trial for what he did and didn’t do.

Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald regarding the case of James Crumbley, whose son murdered four students and injured seven others in a November 2021 shooting at Oxford High School.

Why It Matters: On Thursday, a court in Michigan found Crumbley guilty of involuntary manslaughter for not securing a gun at their home and not doing anything to address his son’s signs of mental distress prior to the November 2021 shooting. In February, James’ wife, Jennifer Crumbley, was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Their verdicts mark the first time parents in the U.S. have been held criminally responsible for their child’s school shooting.

Read More: James Crumbley, father of Michigan school shooter, found guilty of involuntary manslaughter (USA Today)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas