Michigan school shooting proves that bad parenting has no color.

School shootings are no longer surprising. They can happen anywhere, and when they do, parents have a universal response. We hug our children tighter, pray a little harder, and then thank God it didn’t happen to our children.

But what if the parents are involved? What if they’ve been so utterly irresponsible that they’re charged after their child goes on a rampage? What if they actually bought the child the gun that was used to take lives in a mass school shooting?

That’s what allegedly happened with the parents of Ethan Crumbley, the 15-year-old charged with killing four classmates at Oxford High School in suburban Michigan and wounding seven other people.

Prosecutors alleged that the boy’s parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, bought their son a gun as an early Christmas present. When a teacher saw the boy searching for ammo on his phone, and another saw him drawing a picture depicting a shooting, the parents were called in, but they refused to remove the boy from school. That same day, the shooting occurred, prosecutors charged the parents with involuntary manslaughter, and the parents went on the run.

They were found hiding in a building in Detroit, and claimed they were planning to turn themselves in, which I don’t believe, since the parents were allegedly so irresponsible that a neighbor had already warned child protective services about them.

But here’s my question: Where are all the conservatives who blame parents for crime in the hood? Where are all the conservatives who claim our kids don’t have fathers? Where are all the conservatives who are so quick to denounce the way we raise our children? Because I don’t hear them saying anything about this. And that’s a shame. Because bad parenting has no color. Bad parenting has no political party. Bad parenting has no tax bracket.

But bad parenting can cost lives, and when it does, bad parents need to be charged.

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