Insanity Defense For Michigan High School Killer

Ethan Crumbley, a 15-year-old teenager, has been charged with the murder of four Michigan high school students. However, his lawyers used the insanity defense to justify his actions.

On November 30, 2021, four students were killed while six others and one teacher were seriously injured in a shooting by Ethan. School officials and his parent also face a new lawsuit over the shooting at the high school. 

The lawsuit claims that the negligence of his parents and the school officials prompted Ethan’s actions. The lawsuit was declared on behalf of the parents of Tate Myre and other students who saw the killings on November 30.

“We’re sad and heartbroken — our lives forever changed,” William Myre said. Tate’s parents are devastated; they say they are not doing well. 

They think about him every day and do things that he used to do to help them remember him. Although it is hard for them, they said they move on. 

According to the lawsuit, the school staff did not try to remove Ethan from the compound even when they got suspicious. An attorney said that the parents did not try to help their son even though they knew he was disturbed. He also said that Ethan was fully aware of what he was doing.

The authorities say that the gun used by Ethan had been bought by his father, which Ethan could access. Ethan’s parents were charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Karen McDonald, the Prosecutor, says that one of the teachers got a note on Ethan’s desk with a disturbing image and caption, yet they never summoned him. “My life is useless” and “The world is dead,” Ethan wrote on the note. 

Ethan is currently being held in the Oakland County Jail.

If he is found guilty and the results prove that he is mentally ill, he will be sentenced to prison, but recommendations to help him get better. It is according to Michigan laws. 


John Taylor
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