The parents of the alleged 15-year-old perpetrator, who is said to have fired the fatal shots at a school in the US state of Michigan, have been arrested in Detroit.
The police announced on Saturday morning.
After the fatal shots at Oxford High School, the prosecution charged the alleged perpetrator's parents - they were subsequently on the run.
James and Jennifer C. are each charged with four cases of manslaughter, Prosecutor Karen McDonald said on Friday.
The parents bought the murder weapon, allowed their underage son access to the pistol and ignored warnings, said McDonald.
Charges against the parents of a perpetrator in such an act of violence in schools are very rare, but in this case the facts are "egregious," she said.
According to "The Detroit News", however, after the indictment on Friday lunchtime, there was initially no trace of the defendants: "Your attorney has assured us that - in the event of an indictment - the two will be handed over to the authorities for arrest," said Oakland County Sheriff Mike McCabe.
This agreement was for Friday morning.
Father bought a gun shortly before
Since then, the lawyer Shannon Smith has tried to reach the couple by phone and SMS text message - to no avail.
Sheriff McCabe said the local police were out all Friday looking for the parents.
Anyone who has information about the whereabouts of their parents should immediately dial 911, according to a search call from the sheriff.
Prosecutor Karen McDonald said in the evening on CNN: "I hope you are doing the right thing and facing up." Should the parents evade the police, it is likely that they will have to answer for further allegations.
According to police, their 15-year-old son killed four students on Tuesday with the weapon that his father had bought days earlier. He also injured six students and a teacher. The tenth grader is charged, among other things, with fatal terrorism and quadruple homicide. The prosecution assumes an intentional act.
The father James bought the gun on November 26th in the presence of the son.
On the same day, the son published a photo of it on social media with the comment "I got my new beauty today," as McDonald said.
In Oxford high school, the son was caught by a teacher while he was looking for ammunition on the Internet.
The school informed the mother by phone and email, but received no answer, said McDonald.
The mother then wrote the following SMS to the son: “lol - I'm not angry.
You have to learn not to get caught ”.
On the day of the act: Parents ignore several warnings
On the morning of the crime, a teacher found a drawing on the later shooter that she found so disturbing that she took a photo of it. According to the prosecutor, a drawing of the weapon could be seen on it. It also said: “The thoughts don't want to stop. Help me. ”Next to the drawing of a sphere there were the words“ blood everywhere ”, elsewhere it said“ the world is dead ”. The parents were then immediately summoned to the school. The son changed the drawing before meeting the parents. In the meeting, the parents did not ask the son if he had his gun with him, McDonald said.
“The idea of a parent reading these words and knowing that their son had access to a deadly weapon that they gave him is unimaginable. And I think it's criminal, ”McDonald told journalists.
The parents refused to take their son home, so he went back to the classroom. They wouldn't have searched his backpack for the gun either. When it became known that someone was shooting at people at the school, the mother wrote her son a message saying "don't do it". The father then drove home and called the police a short time later and stated that his weapon was missing, as the prosecutor described. The gun was stored in an unlocked drawer in the parents' bedroom, McDonald said. “Gun owners have a responsibility,” she warned.
Fatal incidents continue to occur in the United States because shooters open fire in schools.
Gun laws in the United States vary from state to state, but firearms such as pistols and assault rifles are usually relatively easy to come by.
Stricter gun laws usually fail because of the Republicans in Congress and the powerful gun lobby.
US President Joe Biden has announced measures to curb armed violence, but so far without concrete results.Keywords: