In a story that is as tragic as it is infuriating, the teenager responsible for the 2021 Oxford High School shooting may be facing a lifetime behind bars without the possibility of parole. Judge Kwame Rowe, who is presiding over the case, has made it clear that he is considering this severe sentence for 17-year-old Ethan Crumbley. And you know what? It’s about time someone took a strong stance against these heinous crimes.
During a recent video conference, Judge Rowe listened to expert testimony regarding Crumbley’s mental health. Now, some bleeding-heart liberals might argue that we should consider the perpetrator’s family life, maturity, and mental health before deciding on a punishment. But let’s not forget that this boy carefully planned and executed an attack that took the lives of four innocent students, as well as injured others. Impetuosity and recklessness have no place in determining the fate of someone who commits such an atrocious act.
Judge Rowe didn’t mince words when he said that this crime was not a product of youth. And I couldn’t agree more. We cannot let age become an excuse for committing acts of violence. It’s time we hold individuals accountable for their actions, regardless of their age. If Crumbley planned and carried out this shooting with such precision, who’s to say he won’t do it again if given a second chance?
BREAKING: A Michigan judge has ruled that the 17-year-old Oxford High School shooter, Ethan Crumbley, can be sentenced to LIFE IN PRISON without the possibility of parole. pic.twitter.com/EjREQCpl4X
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The judge also noted that he doesn’t believe imprisonment will rehabilitate Crumbley. And honestly, can you blame him? It’s clear that this young man had no regard for human life when he committed this heinous act. I’m tired of seeing criminals given lenient sentences in the hopes that they will somehow become model citizens behind bars. It’s time to prioritize the safety of our communities and send a strong message to potential offenders.
While the sentencing hearing is scheduled for December 8, 2023, Judge Rowe has already hinted at his inclination to support a life without parole sentence. And why shouldn’t he? The victims of Crumbley’s actions and their families deserve justice. They deserve the reassurance that this dangerous individual will never see the outside of a prison cell again. It’s high time we prioritize the needs of the victims over those of the perpetrator.
In the meantime, Crumbley’s parents, Jennifer and James, are also facing charges for their alleged involvement in facilitating the attack. And they should be held accountable. If it is proven that they knowingly enabled their son to carry out this act of violence, they should face the consequences. We cannot let individuals off the hook simply because they share a biological connection to the perpetrator.
It’s crucial that we approach cases like these with the seriousness and severity they deserve. The lives lost in this tragedy can never be reclaimed, but we can honor their memory by ensuring that justice is served. The possibility of a life without parole sentence for Ethan Crumbley is a step in the right direction. Let’s show the world that we prioritize the safety and wellbeing of our communities above all else.