The mother of the teenager accused of killing four students at a Michigan high school last November expressed fear that she would let her son down, her boss said on Tuesday.
Andrew Smith, Jennifer Crumbley’s boss at a real estate firm, said Crumbley did not go into detail after arriving late at work on what would become the day of the November 30 fatal shooting. The Associated Press reported.
Smith discussed a conversation he had with Crumbley once she arrived at work after the meeting she and her husband had with school officials that morning.
“She had said her son needed counseling,” Smith said, according to the AP. “I think she mentioned that a pet died and a grandparent died. She felt like she was letting him down, or a failure.
Smith said she texted him once news broke that her son, Ethan Crumbley, was suspected of shooting four students dead and injuring others at Oxford High School, expressing concern about his job.
“’Please don’t judge me for what my son has done.’ I was surprised by this text,” Smith said, according to the AP. “I was surprised that she was worried about her job at that time.”
Smith’s testimony is part of an important hearing to see if the parents of Michigan school shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley can stand trial on federal charges on charges that they failed to detect the signs warning signs of his behavior at school and at home, and that they made the weapon allegedly used in the shooting too accessible, the outlet noted.
Specifically, Jennifer Crumbley and James Crumbley face four charges of manslaughter.
Ethan Crumbley is separately facing two dozen charges for allegedly killing four students and injuring seven others on Nov. 30 at Oxford High School. Last month, he waived a similar key evidence hearing, which immediately sent the case to trial court.