Family of alleged high school shooter claims suspect is victim of bullying

Family of alleged high school shooter claims suspect is victim of bullying
Timothy Simpkins, 18 Photo credit Arlington PD

The family of the alleged shooter who injured four people yesterday at Timberview High School is speaking out.

18-year-old Timothy Simpkins is behind bars, charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Police say he opened fire when a fistfight broke out inside a classroom yesterday morning. He initially fled the scene, but later turned himself in.

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Police spent yesterday afternoon combing through the teenager's home, gathering evidence, while his family stood outside and watched. They are cooperating with the investigation, and while they say they don't condone bringing a gun to school, they do say they believe there is more to the story.

Yesterday, a family spokesperson gave a brief statement. She says Simpkins has been getting bullied, and reports had been made to the school.

"The decision he made taking the gun, we're not justifying that. That was not right, but he was trying to protect himself and so we hope the police department does the investigation properly," said Carol Harrison-Lafayette. "There will be independent investigations that will be done as well so that we can get to the bottom of really what happened."

At this point, the Mansfield ISD has not confirmed the claims of bullying.