MI school shooter Ethan Crumbley exhibits ‘sporadic, disturbing behavior’ ahead of July sentencing

A high school mass shooter has been acting erratically in jail as he awaits his sentencing for killing four of his peers two years ago.

As previously reported, on Nov. 30th of 2021, then-15-year-old Ethan Crumbley opened fire at Oxford High School in Detroit, killing four students and injuring seven people, including a teacher.

A year later in October of 2022, he pleaded guilty to all the charges against him — including terrorism and first-degree murder — and reportedly withdrew his intent to pursue an insanity defense.

Returning to the present, he was next scheduled to return back to court on July 27th for a hearing on what sort of sentence he deserves.

“[P]rosecutors will present evidence as to why the teen should be sentenced to the harshest punishment in the state – life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. His defense team is expected to argue mitigating factors in favor of a prison term of years,” according to CNN.

But then he started exhibiting “sporadic, disturbing behavior” in jail, prosecutors argued in a filing submitted last Thursday.

“Recently, Defendant has started exhibiting sporadic, disturbing behavior. This behavior has been documented via report and bodyworn cameras from jail personnel responding to various incidents. It is not readily apparent what the impetus for or cause is of this behavior,” the filing reportedly states.

According to CNN, the filing further “states that the court is required to consider the behavior and Crumbley’s ability to participate in future hearings.”

“These incidents relate to the defendant’s competence,” the filing continues.

Crumbley’s behavior also inspired another hearing — this one Friday — to talk about his behavior behind bars.

“A prosecutor called the behavior concerning Friday morning at a routine hearing evaluating Crumbley’s detention in an adult detention facility as a minor. Still, the prosecutor and Crumbley’s defense team told the judge they believe the teen is competent to participate in his upcoming Miller hearing and sentencing,” CNN notes.

Ultimately, it was decided that the July 27th hearing will continue as planned.

Members of the public appear for their part to understandably not give a single damn that Crumbley appears to be struggling behind bars:

Note what one critic wrote: “Don’t fall for this act. He’s probably doing it to get a lighter sentence.” This does seem likely, though clearly, the attempt didn’t work.

“To be clear, the behavior referenced in this motion is recent and was not occurring at the time defendant entered his plea. There is no evidence that raises a bona fide doubt as to Defendant’s competence at that time,” the Thursday filing by prosecutors further reportedly states.

What’s known about Crumbley is that prior to the 2021 mass shooting, two teachers had expressed concerns about his behavior, as revealed by Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard during a December 2021 appearance on CNN.

Bouchard said that the teachers’ apprehensions were first reported after “a teacher in the classroom where [Crumbley] was a student saw and heard something that she felt was concerning.”

In response, Crumbley was reportedly counseled by school officials who later made a phone call to his parents.

Then on the morning of the mass shooting, school officials called Crumbley’s parents in shortly after 10 a.m. after “a different teacher in a different classroom saw some behavior that they felt was concerning, and they brought the child down to an office,” Bouchard said.

Crumbley’s parents left the school following the meeting but he was allowed to remain on campus. The sheriff noted that the context of the meeting is still being investigated. Police received the first frantic 911 call regarding the shootings around 12:51 p.m. that afternoon.

“We had no information from the school, but we have since learned that the school did have contact with the student the day before and the day of the shooting for behavior in the classroom that they felt was concerning,’’ Bouchard added during a press conference the following day.


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