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The mom of accused Oxford High School shooter penned a letter revealing her son's 'struggles'



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The mother of an accused school shooter wrote an open letter to former President Trump after he was elected in 2016 detailing her son’s struggles in school.

In the November 11, 2016 post on her blog, Jennifer Crumbley, 43, wrote that her 10-year-old son, Ethan, had been struggling in school, and blamed Common Core and illegal immigrants for her son’s apparent difficulty with math.

He would be charged as an adult five years later for a shooting at Oxford High School on November 30 that left four teenagers dead, and many others injured. 

Jennifer, though, thanked the former president for standing up for her right to bear arms, and praised him for his candid demeanor, in her 2016 letter before asking the then president-elect to end Common Core, a set of educational standards for teaching and testing English and mathematics.

‘You see Mr. Trump, I need you to stop Common Core,’ Jennifer wrote, noting: ‘My son struggles daily and my teachers tell me they hate teaching it but the[y] have to. Their pay depends on these stupid f****** test scores.

‘I have to pay for a tutor, why?’ she continued, ‘because I can’t figure out fourth-grade math.

‘I used to be good at math,’ Jennifer noted, adding that she cannot afford a tutor for her son and ‘in fact, I sacrifice car insurance to make sure my son gets a good education and hopefully succeeds in life.’

Jennifer Crumbley, left, wrote an open letter to former President Trump on her blog following the 2016 election in which she appeared to blame Common Core and illegal immigrants for her son’s trouble with math. She is pictured with her husband, James, whose gun Ethan reportedly used to shoot up his high school on Tuesday

Ethan Crumbley, 15, is being charged as an adult in a school shooting at Oxford High School on Tuesday in which four teenagers were killed

Ethan Crumbley, 15, is being charged as an adult in a school shooting at Oxford High School on Tuesday in which four teenagers were killed

In the long-winded open letter on her blog, Jennifer begged the former president to put an end to Common Core, a set of teaching and testing standards for English and mathematics, and questioned why her son could not get free tablets as she alleged the children of illegal immigrants get

In the long-winded open letter on her blog, Jennifer begged the former president to put an end to Common Core, a set of teaching and testing standards for English and mathematics, and questioned why her son could not get free tablets as she alleged the children of illegal immigrants get

At that point, Jennifer started complaining about ‘illegal immigrant parents’ and their children at a school where her mom teaches.

‘Most of their parents are locked up,’ Jennifer wrote. ‘They don’t care about learning and threaten to kill my mom for caring about their grades.’

‘Do you realize Mr. Trump that they get free tutors, free tablets from our government so they can succeed?’ she continued. ‘Why can’t my son get those things, do we as hard-working Americans not deserve that too.’

She concluded her rambling letter by saying: ‘Mr. Trump this is why I voted for you.

‘I see the change that we so desperately need. I see jobs coming back, people having to work for their handouts, money going to [those] who really deserve it.

‘I believe YOU are the president who will make these things happen.

‘I have NEVER had this much belief in one person,’ she noted, ‘and you are it.’

Jennifer signed the long-winded letter ‘A hardworking Middle Class Law Abiding Citizen who is sick of getting f***** in the a** and would rather be grabbed by the p****,’ a nod to the former president’s now infamous line about being famous.

The Sun reports that the letter was later shared to Facebook by her husband, James, who commented: ‘My wife can be spot on. Sometimes.’

Madisyn Baldwin, 17

Hana St Juliana, 14

Madisyn Baldwin, 17, (left) and Hana St Juliana, 14, (right) died in Tuesday’s shooting rampage at Oxford High School in suburban Detroit 

Justin Shilling died in the hospital

Tate Myre died at the school

Justin Shilling, 17, (left) died in the hospital on Wednesday morning and Tate Myre (right) died in the school on Tuesday 

But now, five years later, the couple is exercising their right to remain silent as their son, Ethan Crumbley, faces charges for shooting up his Michigan high school and killing four students.

Deputies rushed to the school around 12:50pm on Tuesday as more than 100 calls flooded 911 dispatchers with reports of a shooter. They arrested the gunman, 15, in a hallway within minutes of their arrival with the help of an on-scene school resource officer. 

The sophomore student put his hands in the air as deputies approached, police said. 

Authorities claim Crumbley, now 15, fired 30 rounds at the school – emptying two 15-round magazines. A third was found on school property, and he reportedly had more in his pockets.

He reportedly shot his victims at close range, wounding them in the cheeks, jaws, shoulders and necks, after opening fire in the hallways of the school.  

A video of the attack, according to assistant Prosecutor Marc Keast, showed Crumbley enter a bathroom at the school with a backpack before he emerged with a gun.  

‘At that point, he deliberately aimed the gun at students and began firing at students. After students started running he continued down the hallway pointing the gun and firing (at them) and firing in classrooms and at students who were unable to escape,’ he claimed. 

Video posted to social media also appeared to show Crumbley trying to convince would-be victims that it was safe to emerge from hiding as he roamed through the halls of the high school.  

‘Sheriff’s office,’ the boy says. ‘You can come out.’ 

Students exchange glances as one whispers ‘he said it’s safe to come out.’ 

But the teacher responds: ‘We’re not taking that risk. The gunman shouts back something inaudible before calling his classmate ‘bro’ and in that sickening moment, classmates began jumping out a window, realizing the self-professed cop was actually the shooter.  

Four students were killed in the shooting, including Tate Myre, 16, Hana St Juliana, 14, and 17-year-old Madisyn Baldwin. Justin Shilling, 17, succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday morning. 

Swarms of police officers swooped in and arrested the suspected gunman within five minutes

Swarms of police officers swooped in and arrested the suspected gunman within five minutes

The school remains roped off to the public. The shooting unfolded at 12.50pm on Tuesday

The school remains roped off to the public. The shooting unfolded at 12.50pm on Tuesday

Students barricaded themselves inside the classroom during the shooting

A student is pictured hiding out while the gunman roams the halls

A gunman who shot four teenagers dead and injured eight others – including a teacher – tried to coax more students out of hiding by claiming he was a sheriff and announcing that it was safe to come out

The motive behind the deadly school shooting remains unclear, but students say Ethan had been bullied at Oxford High School, although police have said there is no record of the teenager being bullied.

On Wednesday, prosecutors announced that the 15-year-old will be charged as an adult with four counts of murder and domestic terror among a total of 24 charges. 

They are charging him as an adult so that he may be convicted and sentenced to life in prison, as Oakland County Prosecutor Karen D. McDonald said at a press conference that there was a ‘mountain’ of evidence against Crumbley so far.

Prosecutors revealed at the arraignment that he had detailed in a journal found in his backpack how he wanted to shoot students at the school. And, they announced, on the eve of the killings, Crumbley had recorded a video saying he was planning to launch an attack at the school the next day

Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard also revealed that Crumbley had met with his parents and teachers to discuss his ‘behavior’, just three hours before he allegedly went on the deadly shooting spree Tuesday. 

At 10am that morning, his mother and father Jennifer and James were called into Oxford High School for a meeting with teachers about Ethan’s behavior. 

It’s unclear what prompted the meeting, but it was the second time Ethan had been called in in two days. On Monday, the teenager met with teachers alone.   

But in the days before Tuesday’s attack, Crumbley posted on Instagram to boast about his father’s new Sig Sauer 9mm handgun, pretending it was his. 

‘Just got my new beauty today. SIG Sauer 9MM. Ask any questions I will answer,’ he wrote in a post last week on an Instagram account that has now been deleted. Other fake accounts were circulating online on Wednesday morning as Crumbley remained in police custody, refusing to cooperate with investigators.    

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Crumbley, 15, is shown in custody on Wednesday at his Zoom arraignment. He is being charged as an adult with four counts of murder, one count of terrorism and 19 other charges 

Crumbley's father James, who owns the gun he used in the attack, and his mother Jennifer are pictured on Zoom attending the arraignment

Crumbley’s father James, who owns the gun he used in the attack, and his mother Jennifer are pictured on Zoom attending the arraignment 

His parents, James and Jennifer, have since hired him an attorney who has advised him to plead the fifth. 

Neither of the shooter’s parents have commented yet. His father, James, works for Autonomous Inc, an office software supply company. He is understood to have purchased the weapon that his son used just four days ago.

‘He had been shooting with it and posted pictures of a target and the weapon. That’s all part of what’s being looked at. We’re going to do a deep dive on the social media and all the activities of this young man,’ Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said during a Tuesday night press conference.     

Authorities were also made aware of posts on social media that said there had been threats of a shooting at the roughly 1,700-student school, but Bouchard said they did not know about the rumors until after the attack.   

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Nothing ever seemed off.’ Ethan Crumbley’s older brother, 18, says the school shooting suspect, 15, was an ‘average, happy kid’, got good grades, was into Minecraft and WASN’T bullied as a child 

Speaking exclusively with, Eli Crumbley, 18, said he can’t understand how his own sibling could suddenly snap, open fire, and kill his classmates, following the deadly rampage in Oxford, Michigan on Tuesday. 

‘The Ethan I knew was just a smart boy who just seemed like an average kid,’ he said in an interview on Wednesday. ‘There was nothing that ever stood out to me. He’d never get suspended from school, or detention. 

‘He didn’t suffer depression or anything like that. He woke up happy, went to school, came home and played games.’ 

Eli and Ethan, 15, have the same father, but different mothers. Originally from Florida, the two boys later moved to Michigan with their dad James Crumbley and his second wife, Ethan’s mom, Jennifer.   

Eli, 18, (left) and Ethan, 15, (right) have the same father, but different mothers. The two boys grew up in Florida but later moved to Michigan with their dad James Crumbley and his second wife, Ethan's mom, Jennifer

Eli, 18, (left) and Ethan, 15, (right) have the same father, but different mothers. The two boys grew up in Florida but later moved to Michigan with their dad James Crumbley and his second wife, Ethan’s mom, Jennifer

The older brother hinted at some family turmoil that prompted him to abruptly move out last March, to live with his biological mother in Florida where he grew up.

‘It mostly had to do with the relationship between my stepmother and I,’ Eli said. He wouldn’t elaborate other than to say: ‘It wasn’t as great as it could be. Moving back to Florida was the best option for me.

Ethan remained living with his parents in a small home in Oxford, less than two miles from where he opened fire.

Eli said he hadn’t spoken with Ethan or his father in two months but reached out to his dad Tuesday night only after hearing the news of a mass shooting at Oxford High School.

‘I was worried, I wanted to see if Ethan was okay because I knew he went there,’ said Eli, who also attended the school for a year. ‘And then that’s when I was receiving information otherwise.’

Unable to reach his dad, the 18-year-old called a former employer who told him that his old house in Oxford was surrounded by FBI agents. 

He then learned that his own father bought the gun that Ethan used.

‘I didn’t know he had a gun till after this happened,’ he said. ‘It’s still hard to believe,’ he said. ‘I can’t believe it.’

‘As far as I knew, Ethan was always good,’ Eli added. ‘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,’ Eli said. ‘He wanted to be an archaeologist.’

‘When I was living there, nothing seemed off, ‘ he continued. ‘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.’

Ethan was on the bowling and soccer teams in middle school, he said, but didn’t play team sports in high school.

He said his brother’s biggest hobby was video games, which he’d play at night. His favorite was Minecraft.

Asked whether he knew of any other problems Ethan was experiencing, Eli noted that they had an aunt who died a couple months ago and that Ethan recently also lost his pet dog, Tank.

‘I really don’t know what his reasoning was behind this,’ Eli said.

He was surprised to hear that bullying may have been a factor. Ethan wasn’t ever bullied as a child, according to Eli.

‘I would like to talk to him,’ he said, ‘but I don’t think that’s something that’s going to happen for a while.’ 



2023 battle: PDP Governors in emergency meeting Monday



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By Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Governors Forum will hold a special meeting on Monday, 17 January, 2022 at the Rivers State Government House, Port Harcourt.

The Director General, PDP Governors Forum, Cyril I.D. Maduabum, said the meeting would review the state of the nation and readiness of the PDP  to provide the necessary leadership to rescue and rebuild Nigeria.

“All the elected PDP Governors are expected to attend the meeting to be presided over by the Chairman of the Forum, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.

“The meeting will be preceded by a Gala night to be hosted by the Chief Host, His Excellency, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.

“The PDP Governors are working in concert and consultations with other leaders of the party and in particular the Senator Dr. Iyorchia Ayu led National Executive Committee of PDP to craft a credible process and programme for Nigeria’s positive rebirth.”

He explained that Dr Ayu has been invited to attend the Port Harcourt meeting to hold consultations with the Governors on strategies for executing the rescue and rebuild Nigeria project.


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Rivers LG chairs destroy illegal artisanal refineries



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Okafor Ofiebor/ Port Harcourt

Chairpersons of local governments in Rivers have intensified battle against soot menance with raid and destruction of illegal artisanal refiners in some parts of the state.

In Obio-Akpor Local Government Council, George Ariolu, the chairman and some of his officers have uncovered facilities being used for illegal refining and storage of refined products around Ogbogoro and Eligbam communities of the Council.

Ariolu restated that the battle against soot menace is a battle for everyone and not for government alone to tackle, adding that it is a problem for all considering the environmental and health hazard associated with it.

He told journalists at Ogbogoro waterfront that all hands must be on deck in order to combat the menace of black soot in the State.

There was mild drama and altercation between the Police and officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, at site of one the depots, Obio-Akpor local government in presence of LGA boss.

The Chairman later accused some security personnel of aiding and abetting culprits involved in the pollution of the environment through their collaboration.

Ariolu advised the public to align with government and security agencies by relaying relevant information that will aid the arrest culprits, as he described the Ogbogoro Waterfront (former Crushrock) as a major depot for the storage of illegally refined petroleum products in the State.

The Chairman who also found an illegal refined petroleum products dump yard at Rumuolumeni Community (Mgboduohia and Minikpete), condemned the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps for their compromise in the fight against illegality.

He called on the State Government to seal, investigate and arraign owners of facilities used to perpetrate such heinous crimes in the society.

Speaking at a radio programme with Raypower 106.5 fm, the Chairman debunked rumours that the fight against illegal refinery operators in the state is political motivated and targeted at a particular sect and tribe in Rivers State.

In the same vein, the Chairman of Etche Local Government Area, Obinna Anyanwu and his team also discovered and dismantled two oil bunkering dump sites located at Akwa and Odagwa waterfronts boundaries between Rivers and Abia States.

Anyanwu was accompanied by security operatives and members of the Etche Local Government TaskForce/Oil Bunkering to the illegal oil dump sites.

Speaking to Journalists shortly after the raid, the Etche Council Chairman assured that his administration will continue to rid the area off illegal crude oil refiners to ensure safety and healthy environment for the people.

The Etche Council Chairman directed the committee in-charge of oil bunkering to collaborate with the security agencies in fishing out anyone who might be involved in illegal oil refining, including those using Etche as a route to transport their illegal refined products to neighboring states.

Anyanwu who expressed concern over the harmful blanket of black soot across the skyline in Rivers caused by illegal crude oil refining, pledged his full support to Governor Wike’s drastic measures in seeking an end to the soot menace.

Likewise in Eleme local government area an enforcement team was led by the Chairman, Obarilormate Ollor in company of security personnel, Eleme Youth Coordinator, Prince N. Okereke,the Chief Security Officer, Brain Gokpa, Special Assistant to the Executive Chairman on illegal bunkering and artisanal mining Mr Chika Alale Oluji stormed some illegal Bunkering sites.

Our Correspondent reports that seven refining points as well as two fully loaded oil badges were discovered and destroyed.

However,beside depots, no illegal refining sites were found at the time of the operation and no arrests have been made.


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Shonekan’s death major loss to Nigeria, private sector -Osinbajo



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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the late head of Nigeria’s Interim National Government, Ernest Shonekan, was highly consequential as a leader in the private sector who impacted economic policy in Nigeria.

This is as he described Shonekan’s demise as a major loss to the country.

Osinbajo stated this on Sunday when he paid a condolence visit to the family of the late head of the Interim National Government, in Lagos.

Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a statement he signed late Sunday titled ‘Shonekan was consequential as private sector leader, his death a major loss, says Osinbajo’.

The Vice President who visited in company of his wife, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, was received at the Ikoyi residence of the Shonekans by the late ING head’s widow, Margaret Shonekan, and the son Adeboye Shonekan.

Osinbajo described Shonekan’s death as “a very major loss for the country and for the private sector and even internationally.

“Here was a man who made an impact. He was one of the very first leaders in the private sector to shape economic policy in Nigeria, and his role in that respect was very significant.”

During the visit, the Vice President also signed the condolence register thus: “We bless the name of the Lord for the excellent life of service to the country and to God, of our leader and father  Chief Ernest Shonekan, GCFR.

“We are proud of his contributions to the shaping of the modern Nigerian economy while being a leading light in the private sector. And for his statesmanship and leadership of the country at a time of great uncertainty in our nation.

“His integrity, legacy and high value service will remain evergreen in our memories. We pray that the Lord will comfort the family and may his memory be blessed forever. Amen.”

The Vice President also prayed for the family of the deceased business guru.


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