New court documents released on Thursday revealed the violent drawings made by Oxford High School shooter Ethan Crumbley before he carried out the shooting.
Crumbley, 15-years-old, also reportedly edited over the sketches by crossing out some parts and adding mock happy phrases.
The drawings had been spotted by a teacher, which led school administrators to call Crumbley’s parents, James and Jennifer, into the office. For the first time, the disturbing images have been released in the documents relating to the case against James and Jennifer.
Crumbley had made the sketches on a math handout, which included depictions of a handgun, a bullet, and a person lying in an apparent pool of blood. The 15-year-old also had scribbled “The thoughts won’t stop, help me,” “blood everywhere,” “the world is dead,” and “my life is useless.”
When he was confronted about the work, prosecutors said he altered the images. Documents showed that he marked over the gun, the bloody person, and the phrases “blood everywhere” and “help me.”
Another edit made was the addition of a note saying, “video game this is,” in an attempt to justify the images as concept drawings for a video game. “Were [sic] all friends here,” “I love my life so much!!!!” “OHS Rocks!” and “Harmless Act” were sarcastically joyful phrases he wrote after being asked about the sketches.
The evidence was released in records from prosecutors in opposition to a reduction in the bond for Ethan’s parents from $500,000 to $100,000. The Crumbleys had been arrested on charges of involuntary manslaughter because they purchased the gun for Ethan just days before he murdered four people and injured several others.
Prosecutors are saying the parents knew the risk posed by their son before the shooting took place and they purchased the gun for him anyway.
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