Timothy Simpkins, 18, was arrested Thursday for breaking the terms of his $ 25,000 bond by using an “illicit substance”
A Texan teenager released on bail the day after his arrest for shooting three people in his high school has found himself behind bars.
Timothy Simpkins, 18, was arrested Thursday after a court-ordered urinalysis tested positive for an “illicit substance,” according to Fox news.
He did not say what type of “illicit substance” Simpkins allegedly used, but under his $ 25,000 bond he was prohibited from consuming drugs and alcohol.
The arrest came just 10 days after Simpkins sought to change the length of his bail to allow him to attend church on Sunday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. A judge has yet to rule on the request.
Simpkins was initially arrested in October on three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with a shooting at Mansfield Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas, which seriously injured a student.
He was released on bail the next day and was seen later that afternoon celebrating with his family.
This video, taken moments before the shooting, shows Timothy Simpkins, the gunman, being beaten in his classroom by 15-year-old student Zaccaeus Selby. After the teachers broke up the fight, Timothy went to his backpack and retrieved his gun. He shot the other boy “seven to eight times,” according to the police report. He also shot a teacher in the back and grazed a teenage girl with another bullet before running away.
Simpkins is shown in his Dodge Charger in a social media post. On the side of the car, what looks like a gun is visible
Simpkins – who is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 135 pounds – opened fire in his classroom at Timberview High School on October 6, shortly after 9 a.m., after a scuffle with fellow student Zaccaeus Selby.
A video of their fight was posted to social media by Simpkins’ cousin on Wednesday night in an attempt to prove he was being bullied.
It shows Simpkins – who has been identified by police as wearing a light-colored hoodie in the footage – being pummeled by Selby, who is three years his junior, while holding his hands around his head .
As the teachers and coaches attempted to hold back, Simpkins went to his orange backpack, pulled out a .45 caliber handgun, and began shooting Selby, who was seriously injured.
It also hit a teacher, Calvin Pettit, 25, who tried to break up the fight, and a teenage girl who suffered a scrape.
A pregnant teacher was also injured when she tripped in the chaos that followed.
A police report on the incident says a witness observed Simpkins shoot “from his account seven to eight times.”
“The witness then observed the young victim fall to the ground,” said the police report.
Simpkins fled in a Silver Dodge Charger before later turning into authorities.
He was placed on $ 75,000 bail, part of which was paid by a serf, allowing Simpkins to return home under house arrest.
Under the conditions of his house arrest, Simpkins was not allowed to use a firearm and was to stay 1,000 feet from the school.
Selby, meanwhile, was released from hospital on October 20 after undergoing several surgeries, the Dallas Morning News reports.
15-year-old student Zaccaeus Selby, left, and teacher Calvin Pettit, 25, right, were injured in the October 6 shooting.
The school was evacuated after gunfire rang out on October 6
Law enforcement officer walks in Timberview Hight School parking lot after school shooting
Simpkins’ family spoke out in defense of him after his arrest, saying he was a “lovable” boy who broke down after being “harassed”.
They say the other kids chose him because he has a “nice car” – a $ 35,000 Dodge Challenger – and wears nice clothes, like a pair of $ 160 Off-White x Nike sneakers. in which he is represented on social networks.
Simpkins lives in a $ 400,000 house with his grandmother Lillie. He drives a 2018 Silver Dodge Charger, and his family has described him as a “lovable” child. It is not known what her parents do for work or how involved they are in her life.
“It was stolen. It was recorded. It happened not once, it happened twice. He was scared, he was scared, ” Carol Harrison Lafayette, a relative, told reporters outside the family’s home.
“It could have been a decision that he could have committed suicideâ¦ he was trying to protect himself.” They have been blessed financially.
âHe was able to get things that other teenagers can’t have, because he wore nice clothes, because he drove nice cars, he was like a target.
“There is no justification for anyone … being hurt.” We need to examine the fact that bullying is real. And it takes us all.
And I apologize. As a family, we ask forgiveness for any type of injury, âshe continued.
Cint Wheat, her cousin, wrote in a Facebook post: âAt the end of the day my little cousin was bullied. I don’t know what it is, he’s not a bad boy.
She then claimed in the comments section of her post that her aunt went to school to report the bullying but nothing was done.
âRight now they are on the verge of figuring out what could have been done when all signs were ignored and the calls for help were ignored,â she said.
A GoFundMe page was created in the wake of his lawyer, Kim T. Cole. It had a goal of $ 25,000 and included a statement from Timothy Simpkins’ mother
Timothy George Simpkins released from Tarrant County Correctional Center after a serf paid part of his $ 75,000 bond
A GoFundMe was also set up in the wake of Dallas attorney Kim T. Cole, asking the public to donate $ 25,000 to help Simpkins.
It included a lengthy statement from his mother, Katrina, which read: âMany of you have seen the video of the brutal beating that Timothy Simpkins received. He never even hit back. He just curled up and covered his head trying to protect himself.
âWhat you don’t know is that Timothy was robbed at gunpoint and his belongings stripped a few weeks ago,â she wrote. âAnd the unfortunate story is that Timothy’s father was brutally beaten to death. This fact certainly increased Timothy’s fear for his life.
“Besides the young man responsible for beating and harassing him had recently made threats to kill him, so you see my son was terrified and believed he would be murdered just like his father.”
She said that while she “wasn’t suggesting that bringing a gun to school was the right choice,” there was “so much more to the story.”
âMy son had a very traumatic experience. He needs counseling and therapy.
âPlease donate what you can to help,â she added.
The page attracted $ 150 in donations before GoFundMe shut it down for violating its policies.