The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.
I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.
This week I’m going with the Oakland County [Michigan] Prosecutor Karen McDonald. On Tuesday, Ethan Crumbley, a 15-year-old boy, entered a high school bathroom with a backpack, and exited a moment later without it, holding a semiautomatic handgun. He deliberately aimed the gun at students and began firing at them. After students started running, he continued down the hallway pointing the gun and firing into classrooms and at students who were unable to escape.
Crumbley is facing multiple charges as an adult in the attack at Oxford High School: one count of terrorism causing death, four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to murder, and 12 counts of possession of a firearm.
Just another day at American school, right? Well, what makes this different, and what makes prosecutor Karen McDonald worthy of this week’s Who Won the Week designation, is that Ethan’s parents were ordered held Saturday on $500,000 bond each, hours after they were found hiding in a commercial building in Detroit and taken into custody.
Shortly after the announcement that the pair was being charged, police officials said that the couple had gone missing. They were located overnight after an extensive search involving police dogs, local law enforcement, and the U.S. Marshals Service.
The parents bought the gun for their son, left the gun in an unlocked drawer in their bedroom, and neglected to act on concerns expressed by school officials that he might act violently. Naturally, once apprehended, Ethan’s parents, Jennifer and James Crumbley, each pleaded not guilty to four counts of involuntary manslaughter.
A day before the fatal shooting, a teacher noticed Crumbley using his cellphone to search for information about firearm ammunition. His mother failed to respond when the school contacted her via voice mail, but she exchanged a text message with her son that read, “LOL I’m not mad at you. You have to learn not to get caught.”
So good for the Oakland County prosecutor holding parents accountable for the actions of their minor child. All I can say to Kyle Rittenhouse’s mother is, “Be afraid, be very afraid.”
What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?