Lawsuit alleges Ethan Crumbley brought severed bird head to school before deadly shooting

The civil lawsuit filed against Oxford Community School District accuses administrators of putting students in danger by downplaying the actions of the accused gunman prior to the shooting spree.
By: | January 13, 2022

A civil lawsuit filed against Oxford Community School District this week accuses administrators of putting students in danger by allegedly downplaying the actions of the accused gunman before a shooting that left four students dead and seven other people injured.

Ethan Crumbley, the 15-year-old suspect, posted “countdowns and threats of bodily harm,” the lawsuit alleged. The complaint claims the teen left “a severed bird head in a mason jar containing a yellow liquid” in a school bathroom.

The school then emailed students and parents that “there has been no threat to our building nor our students,” the lawsuit said.

The morning of the shooting, a teacher at the high school was alarmed when she saw a note on Crumbley’s desk that contained a drawing of a gun, a bullet and a person who appeared to be bleeding.

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