University of Michigan football team honors school shooting victims in Big 10 championship game
The University of Michigan’s football team honored the four students who were fatally shot during a school shooting earlier this week during the Big 10 championship game on Saturday.
“Our uniforms will feature a special logo during Saturday’s Big Ten Championship Game,” the football team said in a statement posted to Twitter on Thursday.
“The shape is of Oxford’s ‘Block O’, meant to honor all victims, survivors, and community members. The ‘TM’ and ‘42’ pay tribute to football player Tate Myre. Tate, Hana St. Juliana, Madisyn Baldwin, and Justin Shilling, whose lives were senselessly lost earlier this week, are represented by four blue hearts,” the team continued.
“We are proud to represent the state of Michigan and all of its communities. #OxfordStrong is #MichiganStrong,” the team added.
— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) December 3, 2021
Earlier this week, four students — 16-year old Tate Myre, 14-year-old Hana St. Juliana and 17-year-olds Madisyn Baldwin and Justin Shilling — were killed and seven more people were injured at a Michigan high school in a school shooting allegedly carried out by 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley. The sophomore is now facing 24 charges, including terrorism.
On Friday, Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald announced that Crumbley’s parents were also each being charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter.
She pointed to evidence that the teen had been with his father during the purchase of the weapon, a social media post from his mother indicating that the firearm was an early Christmas gift to Crumbley and incidents reported by teachers who said they had seen him looking up ammunition on his cell phone while in the classroom or found disturbing drawings he had made, including one where a person appeared to be shot twice.
“I have tremendous compassion and empathy for parents who have children who are struggling and at risk for whatever reason, and I am by no means saying that an active shooter situation should always result in a criminal prosecution against parents,” McDonald said during a press conference.
“The facts of this case are so egregious — reading this document, looking at it, reading the words ‘Help me’ with a gun, blood everywhere. This doesn’t just have impact on me as a prosecutor and a lawyer, it impacts me as a mother. The notion that a parent could read those words and also know that their son had access to a deadly weapon that they gave him is unconscionable and … I think it’s criminal,” she added.
The parents were subsequently apprehended, Detroit Police announced early Saturday. They have both pled not guilty to their charges.
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