Jennifer Crumbley testifies on the stand in an Oakland County

For the past seven days, we have been glued to the TV as we observed the trail of Jennifer Crumbley, the mother of Michigan School Shooter, Ethan Crumbley. The drama that unfolded had us wondering how can a parent miss so many signs of something terrible looming. Not only that, but Jennifer continued to write off her 15-year-old son’s plea for mental help. She even blew off school counselors who told her Ethan needed mental help.

But that’s hardly everything prosecutors outlined as evidence against Jennifer’s neglect of Ethan. She bought the gun he used to kill his classmates. She purchased 100 rounds of ammo. It gets worse, folks, she took Ethan to a shooting range and bragged about it on social media.

In the months leading to the attack, Ethan had talked about demons in the house, seeing clothes fly off the shelves. He drew disturbing pictures. And no one, not even those close to him sought help to address his unraveling mental state.

Jennifer Crumbley, the mother of Michigan School Shooter, Ethan Crumbley

While Ethan was struggling, it was revealed during the trial, that his mother, Jennifer, was having an affair with a firefighter. They met at parking lots and motels.

On the stand, Jennifer showed zero remorse for her play in her son’s actions. She said she wouldn’t change a thing if she could go back. Say what? She won’t change a thing!

Apparently, Jennifer sees something in herself the rest of us can’t figure out. A good mother perhaps?!

Jennifer Crumbley, mother of Michigan School Shooter, Ethan Crumbley

That remains to be seen. Jurors are deliberating as we speak. Jennifer Crumbley has been hit with manslaughter charges. Under Michigan law, parents could be charged with a crime committed by a child. Jennifer and her husband are the first parents in the country to be put on trial for the murders committed by their son, Ethan.

However, there is a push for more parents to be punished if they make weapons easily accessible for children who commit crimes.

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By Jolene Grace

Jolene Grace was a journalist for ten years, interning for CBS evening news, working as a beat report for Oklahoma Public radio, and eventually transitioning into managing digital content for a radio corporation. Currently, she writes crime fiction full time and blogs for the Crime Room. Jolene is fortunate enough to be able to tell the stories of those who no longer can. She’s passionate to write about cold cases being solved. You can read her blogs on or listen to The Crime Room Podcast wherever in the world you happened to be. Let’s Talk Crime.

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