Police learned that Ethan Crumbley and his parents had a disciplinary meeting with Oxford High School the day before and the day of the Oxford High School shooting. Though it is not currently understood why the shooting took place, many of Ethan Crumbley’s peers claimed that he was being bullied. Police have yet to corroborate this account, though his peers still consider it a motive to the tragic attack that took place Tuesday.

According to reports, Crumbley and his parents were called in for the school meeting hours before the shooting to discuss his recent behavior in the classroom, which some administrators found concerning. Oxford police was not informed about the meeting until after the shooting.

“We have since learned that the school did have contact with the student the day before and the day of the shooting for behaviors in the classroom that they felt was concerning,” said Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard. “In fact, the parents were brought in the morning of the shooting and had a face-to-face meeting with the school. The content of that meeting of course is part of the investigation.”

Was Ethan Crumbley bullied? Police still searching for motive in Oxford High School shooting
Was Ethan Crumbley bullied? Police still searching for a motive in the Oxford High School shooting. Photo Credit: Facebook

The school confirmed that there were no reported bullying incidents and before Tuesday, Ethan Crumbley had never had a disciplinary problem. The Oakland County Police Department hasn’t found reports of Crumbley’s juvenile offenses. During his arraignment Wednesday, however, his lawyer, Nadine Hatten, told the court that she had represented the 15-year-old “on a juvenile matter.”

Ethan Crumbley was arraigned on Wednesday and charged with multiple counts of assault, weapons possession, terrorism, and first-degree murder. Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald is charging him as an adult and he was later moved to the Oakland County Jail.

During Crumbley’s arraignment, the accused Michigan high school shooter wore a bulletproof vest, glasses, and a mask. He was sitting hunched over the table. The 15-year-old pleaded not guilty and Judge Nancy Carniak ordered him to be held without bail. According to reports, Ethan Crumbley has not been cooperative with the investigation. It was suggested that his parents told him not to talk to the police.

After searching Ethan Crumbley’s home, officers discovered a journal that detailed the shooting. It described Crumbley’s goal to shoot up the school and murder students. Two videos, which were taken Monday night, showed Crumbley talking about his plans.

According to McDonald, her office is considering charging Crumbley’s parents, Jennifer and James, for their involvement. Reports show that the handgun used in the shooting was purchased by James Crumbley four days before on Black Friday. Since-deleted Instagram posts showed Ethan Crumbley displaying the gun and claiming it was his.

Ethan Crumbley's deleted Instagram post shows gun used in Oxford High School shooting
Ethan Crumbley’s deleted Instagram post shows gun used in Oxford High School shooting (Photo Credit: Instagram)

While police have not determined a motive for the Oxford High School shooter, many were surprised that Ethan Crumbley was the suspect, including his own half-brother, Eli Crumbley.

The 18-year-old, who lives in Florida with his mother, was surprised to learn that his little half-brother was the shooter. He said that Ethan Crumbley was always a quiet kid who had a small group of friends and got good grades.

“As far as I knew, Ethan was always good. He was just quiet, kept to himself, kept his circle of friends small. He was a clean kid, didn’t smoke or do drugs, nothing. And he got good grades. He wanted to be an archeologist,” Eli Crumbley explained. “When I was living there, nothing seemed off. We’d just walk to the bus stop in the morning, go to school, come home, maybe play some football outside or basketball. We’d just chill, wouldn’t do much.”

According to Eli Crumbley, when he heard about the shooting, he tried to call his dad to get information. He knew that Ethan went to Oxford High School and wanted to know that he was okay. The 18-year-old later learned from a former employer that their home was surrounded by police officers.

Eli Crumbley said that he was also surprised that his father purchased a gun. He said, “I didn’t know he had a gun till after this happened. It’s still hard to believe. I can’t believe it.”