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Hana St Juliana’s family are suing Oxford School over massacre

Flowers rest at a makeshift memorial outside of Oxford High School on December 1, 2021 in Oxford, Michigan. Four students were killed and seven injured when a gunman opened fire on the school on Tuesday. The suspect, identified as 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley, was charged with terrorism and first-degree murder as an adult. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Flowers rest at a makeshift memorial outside of Oxford High School on December 1, 2021 in Oxford, Michigan. Four students were killed and seven people injured when a gunman opened fire on the school.

Oxford High School in Michigan knew that accused murderer Ethan Crumbley was homicidal and suicidal, but administrators “escalated the danger” by releasing him from a “safe zone” before the massacre, a victim’s family alleges in a federal lawsuit.

On November 30, 2021, Crumbley reportedly fatally shot four students and seriously injured seven others. The family of one of the murdered high school students, Hana St Julianadescribe the fateful tour hours before the shootings in a federal complaint filed in Michigan’s Eastern District.

According to the lawsuit, Crumbley went to school with a pistol and bullets he kept in his backpack. His first-grade English teacher told officers that Crumbley watched a video of a shooting during class, and his second-grade math teacher reported Crumbley’s disturbing drawings and notes on a paper assignment, the family says.

“Thoughts won’t stop,” Crumbley wrote, according to the legal action. “Help me… Blood everywhere… My life is useless… The world is dead.”

Court documents contain copies of pictures allegedly drawn by Ethan Crumbley before he allegedly shot four people at Oxford High School. The image on the left is said to be a photograph of the original drawings, according to prosecutors; The image on the right shows the drawings allegedly scratched out and modified by Crumbley after a teacher caught him.

Court documents contain copies of pictures allegedly drawn by Ethan Crumbley before he allegedly shot four people at Oxford High School. The image on the left is said to be a photograph of the original drawings, according to prosecutors; The image on the right shows the drawings allegedly scratched out and modified by Crumbley after a teacher caught him.

The family says Crumbley is an advisor Shawn Hopkins removed him from class and confiscated the paper with the violent words and images, then taken to a meeting with the dean of students, Nicholas Ejak.

Hopkins and Ejak are both named as defendants in the lawsuit.

Both men reportedly concluded that Crumbley had suicidal and homicidal thoughts and advised his parents to take their son to psychological counseling immediately. Prosecutors have cited his parents’ alleged refusal –James Crumble45 and Jennifer Crumble43 – in her negligent homicide Case.

According to the St. Juliana family, Hopkins and Ejak had authority to keep the younger Crumbley in their office for the remainder of the day. Instead, they gave Crumbley a hall pass and returned his unsearched backpack, which contained the alleged murder weapon, the lawsuit says.

A representative from the Oxford Community School District, the main defendant, did not immediately respond to Law&Crime’s request for comment. The last named defendant, Superintendent Ken Weaverwill only be sued in his official capacity.

According to the complaint, the school has previously cited “police remorse” in defense of its actions, claiming Crumbley could only be held for a disciplinary measure.

“In truth, the district knew that [Crumbley] was suicidal and possibly homicidal when he was dismissed from the counselor’s office,” the complaint reads. “The district has put forward a policy compliance statement to cover up its culpability for this tragedy. The truth is school officials escalated the danger by releasing them [Crumbley] from a safe zone with knowledge of [Crumbley]his tendency to harm himself or others.”

The complaint shields Crumbley’s name John Doewho is not named as a suspect.

The suing family members are the father Steve St Juliana and sister Reina St Julianaa 16-year-old Oxford student who survived the shooting in a nearby hallway.

They accuse the school and the administration of a state-induced danger and gross negligence. The lawsuit said to be the the first of its kind from relatives of murdered Oxford student, is seeking unspecified punitive damages under Michigan’s wrongful death statute.

The family is also seeking a court order requiring the county or Weaver to “publicly withdraw all statements made during their cover story after the shooting.”

Read the complaint below:

(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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