According to a lawyer, Ethan Crumbley’s parents, accused of involuntary manslaughter in a Michigan high school shooting, had fled town for their safety but returned to face arraignment.

During their arraignment on Saturday morning, Dec. 4, Jennifer and James Crumbley’s lawyers denied that the couple had eluded law enforcement, NPR reported.

“This case is the saddest, most tragic, worst case imaginable. There is absolutely no doubt that our clients were going to turn themselves in, and it was just a matter of logistics,” Shannon Smith, a lawyer for the couple, said.

However, Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said, “They sought multiple attempts to hide their location and were eventually tracked down after they parked their car somewhere a witness saw it.

“These two individuals were found locked somewhere in a room, hiding. These are not people that we can be assured will return to court on their own.”

Later, judge Julie Nicholson set each of the parents’ bond at $500,000 each and ordered GPS monitoring if they paid to be released, agreeing with prosecutors that they posed a flight risk, according to AP.

Involuntary manslaughter charges have been filed against both parents in connection with their son’s mass shooting at Oxford High School on Tuesday, which killed four students and wounded many others.

At a news conference on Friday, prosecutors claimed James Crumbley bought the gun used in the incident, a Sig Sauer 9 mm pistol, on Black Friday as an early Christmas gift for his son. The Crumbleys kept the gun “unlocked in a drawer in their bedroom,” a claim that defense counsel disputed on Saturday.

On Friday, McDonald also gave the most detailed account of the events leading up to the shooting.

Ethan Crumbley, 15, came from a bathroom with a gun and shot students in the hallway. He faces charges of murder, terrorism, and other crimes.

Under Michigan law, authorities can pursue the involuntary manslaughter charge brought against the parents if they believe someone contributed to a circumstance with a high risk of harm or death.

One day before the shooting, a teacher reported that their son was searching for ammunition on his phone, the school later called and emailed his mother, but she did not answer.

McDonald said Jennifer texted her son: “LOL I’m not mad at you, you have to learn not to get caught.”

On Tuesday, a teacher took a photo of a note on Ethan’s desk. An image of a semi-automatic weapon with the lines “the thoughts won’t stop, help me” and “blood everywhere,” as well as a shot and bleeding person, are among the illustrations.

According to the prosecutors, he also wrote, “My life is useless” and “The world is dead,” according to the prosecutors.

McDonald said the school quickly held a meeting with Ethan and his parents, who were ordered to get him into counseling within 48 hours. However, they “resisted the idea” of taking him home from school, so he returned to class after they left.

Two hours after that meeting, the shooting subsequently occurred.

McDonald added that shortly after the news of the shooting went public, the mother of the suspect texted her son “don’t do it,” at 1:22 p.m., and his father, James Crumbley, contacted 911 at 1:37 p.m. to report his gun was missing, adding that his son may have been the shooter.

McDonald claimed his parents “failed to ask their son if he had his gun with him or where his gun was located and failed to inspect his backpack for the presence of the gun, which he had with him.”

Oxford Community Schools Superintendent Tim Throne addressed the school’s response to Crumbley’s behavior for the first time in a written statement released Saturday.

The parents did not inform the counselors that they had recently purchased a gun for their son during that meeting, Throne said.

“Given the fact that the child had no prior disciplinary infractions, the decision was made he would be returned to the classroom rather than sent home to an empty house,” he said.

The high school looks like a “war zone,” and it won’t be ready for weeks, Throne said in a video message to the community Thursday.

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