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The parents of a 14-year-old victim of the 2021 Oxford High School shooting in Michigan are suing gun dealer Acme Shooting Goods, LLC and the Oxford Community School District.
The victim was shot in the face during the November 30, 2021 school shooting that killed four students and injured seven others.
The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Sommers Schwartz, PC, announced the new lawsuit Wednesday afternoon, in which the victim’s parents, Matthew and Mary Mueller, accuse Acme of “negligently and/or unlawfully supplied the underage gunman with a firearm that he could not have lawful possession by providing the weapon… to the shooter’s father despite factual and/or constructive knowledge that the father was engaged in an illegal purchase of straw… and that the Acme pistol was intended for the shooter.”
It is the first lawsuit related to the Oxford shooting against an arms dealer.
“No family or community should experience the pain we endured on Nov. 30, 2021 and continue to this day,” the Muellers said in a statement Wednesday. “We are both teachers in the Oxford Community School District at Oxford Middle School and while doing our best to keep our students as calm and as safe as possible, we panicked and couldn’t reach our son. we don’t know if he was still alive.”
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“We then saw him in a hospital bed,” they continued. “While we will live with the horror of that day forever, he will live the rest of his life with the physical pain and trauma of being shot. That pain was avoidable. We are bringing this suit so that the failures are both on sale “This weapon and our school that allowed this to happen must never happen again. No family or community needs to experience this pain and no child should have to live with it for the rest of their lives.”
15-year-old suspect in the shooting, Ethan Crumbley, is accused of using his father’s handgun – a 9mm Sig Sauer pistol – to fatally shoot multiple victims inside the Oxford High School building on the morning of the shooting. November 30.
His father, James Crumbley, allegedly bought the gun recovered after the Nov. 26 shooting in Acme, Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said in December, adding that Ethan Crumbley had access to the gun at home before taking it to the Oxford. High School would have brought. †
The teenage suspect then posted images of the gun on social media with the caption: “[J]we got my new beauty today [heart emoji] sig sauer 9mm I’ll answer any questions,” said McDonald. Jennifer Crumbley also posted on social media, “mother and son’s day testing his new Christmas present.”
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Attorneys Mariell Lehman and Shannon Smith, who represent James Crumbley and his wife Jennifer Crumbley, said the gun was “locked” before the tragedy happened.
Both James and Jennifer Crumbely face four charges, each of involuntary manslaughter, for allegedly making the weapon accessible to their son.
The lawsuit filed Wednesday also accuses the school district of “recklessly creating or increasing the risk of a mass shooting at Oxford High School by acts demonstrating a willful indifference to the safety and constitutional rights of students of the Oxford High School and an arms dealer who chooses to negligently and unlawfully sell a firearm,” similar to allegations against the school district in other several lawsuits following the 2021 shooting.
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A separate lawsuit filed in May sheds light on how school administrators were in possession of the backpack allegedly carrying Ethan Crumbley’s gun and ammunition after he visited the school counselor’s office the morning of the shooting — but failed to search the bag before returning it to the teenager.
Both parents met their son and school principals the morning of the shooting after a teacher caught Ethan Crumbley taking disturbing footage in class. After the meeting, James and Jennifer Crumbley left. Ethan Crumbley returned to class. He then fired at least 30 shots into the school hallway. He faces multiple charges, including four counts of first-degree murder, according to prosecutors.
On the morning of the shooting, a teacher saw a note on Crumbley’s desk with drawings of a gun, a bullet and a person being shot, McDonald revealed to reporters in December.
“The Mueller family has been irreparably damaged by multiple points of failure that foreseeably led to the tragic Oxford High School mass shooting. This lawsuit seeks injunctive relief for both the business practices at Acme Shooting Goods, which the complaint alleges negligent and likely illegal sold the firearm used in this shooting and protocols in the Oxford Community School District for failing to take appropriate action to address the school’s security concerns,” Brady Senior Counsel Erin Davis said in a statement.
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Attorneys Matthew Turner and Lisa Esser of Sommers Schwartz, PC, noted that the lawsuit “seeks a transparent, independent investigation into the events of November 30, 2021.”
“It is also intended to encourage policy reform within the Oxford School District so that counselors and other staff, when confronted in the future with a student displaying suicidal and/or homicidal ideas, are trained to use such mental health crisis, have protocols to immediately remove that student from the general school population, and have the resources to take action to ensure that student does not have immediate access to a dangerous weapon,” she added.