Timothy Simpkins’ family says he was bullied, robbed twice at Timberview High School
Suspected of shooting an 18-year-old student and wounding four people at a Texas high school on Wednesday, the family claims he was being bullied and brought a handgun to defend himself.
Timothy Simpkins, a student at Timberview High School in Arlington, reportedly draws a .45 caliber handgun during a class fight at around 9:15 p.m. before fleeing in a 2018 Silver Dodge Charger. After an hour-long search, Simpkins turned himself in and is expected to be charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
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After the incident, Simpkins’ family told reporters outside their home in Arlington that he was the target of bullying and had been robbed twice at the school.
Family member Carol Harrison Lafayette said, “The decision he made, carrying a gun, we are not justifying him. It was not right. But he was trying to defend himself.” FOX4 Dallas-Fort Worth. “We hope the police department will conduct the investigation properly.”
“For the families of the victims, there is no justification for anyone being hurt,” Lafayette said.
A 15-year-old boy was shot and remains in critical condition, while a 25-year-old teacher was also shot, who was in good condition, the outlet reported. The girl was treated and discharged from the hospital after being shot. A pregnant teacher was injured in the fall and was treated on the spot.
Lafayette said Simpkins was targeted for dressing well and driving a good car Fort Worth Star-Telegram toldThe incidents between Simpkins and other students were reported to the principals and teachers.
Arlington police said cell phone video shows a fight before Simpkins fired a gun. The newspaper reported that Lafayette claimed that the video showed Simpkins being attacked.
All classes and after-school activities were canceled on Thursday, and counseling services were made available for students, staff and families.
Granthshala News’s Danielle Wallace and Louis Cassiano contributed to this report.