Hopkins High School teacher suspended for SHOCKING comments on Ethan Crumbley
'He could create a distraction, in order to carry out his hitlist and kill the people that he would need to,' the teacher allegedly told his students
A teacher from Hopkins High School in Michigan has now been suspended for making outrageous comments in the classroom about Oxford school shooter Ethan Crumbley. The teacher, whose identity has not been disclosed, remarked in front of his students that Ethan Crumbley should have made a "distraction to kill the people that he would need to." The comments came barely a day after the 15-year-old shot dead four of his classmates at Oxford High School and injured seven more, including a teacher.
Crumbley has now been arrested and held in jail custody. He is being tried as an adult and is facing more than two dozen criminal charges, which include murder, attempted murder, and terrorism. Crumbley's parents have also been implicated in the mass shooting as they were charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter. The three of them are currently being held at Oakland County jail in isolation from each other.
Meanwhile, the comments made by the teacher at Hopkins High School were reported by a student to their parent, who later raised a complaint with the school authorities. Apparently, the suspended teacher narrated in meticulous detail how "he would've committed the act differently".
"He would’ve pulled a smoke detector, so that he could create a distraction, in order to carry out his hitlist and kill the people that he would need to," the student's parent shared, adding, "It was gut-wrenching devastation that a grown adult would mentally harm our children this way."
According to Ken Szczepanski, the principal at Hopkins High School, the teachers were given specific instructions on how to discuss the Oxford shooting incident in their classroom. However, the principal admitted that the suspended educator "went too far". “They were insensitive, in regard to being the day after Oxford and they were off-script,” he described the alleged remarks.
In addition, the shockingly "inappropriate classroom conversation" sparked the rumor across the school that an employee is planning to "shoot up" the school. Presently, the teacher has been placed on indefinite leave and the case is being investigated by the police, following which he might be penalized accordingly. More details about the incident were not revealed due to the ongoing probe.
Meanwhile, it is now being reported that the officials at Oxford High School might also face charges for ignoring several telltale signs displayed by Ethan Crumbley, that might have hinted at the shooting. “I don’t want to jump to any conclusions because we don’t have that information at this point,” Attorney General Dana Nessel told journalist Brian Entin. “But that’s a big part of the investigation because people want to make sure that these questions are answered.”
After the school was slammed for not doing enough to protect the students despite prior warnings, it is now defending its handling of the suspect’s disturbing behavior. It has also promised an outside investigation into its actions. Oxford Community Schools Superintendent Tim Throne admitted in a letter released on Saturday, December 4, that school officials accepted Ethan Crumbley’s explanations into why he drew violent images and statements, and why he was looking at pictures of bullets on his phone. He was reportedly sent to class when his parents refused to take him home barely hours before the shooting happened.