The Texas teenager, who injured four people when he allegedly opened fire on his high school, celebrated his release from prison with a twisted welcome party – even though one of the victims remains in a coma.
Timothy George Simpkins, 18, who attends Timberview High School in Arlington, paid $ 75,000 in Tarrant County Jail on Thursday and headed home.
The student, who was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, was seen in videos shared on social media and enjoying a festive family reunion in his kitchen, The Sun reported.
Meanwhile, 15-year-old student Zacchaeus Selby, who was hit four times during the shooting, remained hospitalized in a coma, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
“Zacchaeus is a bright young and respectful person who each time lit a room with his presence,” according to a GoFundMe account set up to raise money for his medical expenses and litigation costs.
“He has a heart of gold and does not deserve to fight for his life at the ICU because of being shot in an environment where children should feel safe. He is a big brother, girlfriend and colleague and does not have a bone in his body to bully anyone, “adds the collection.
A spokeswoman for Simpkins’ family has claimed he acted out of self-defense after being robbed and targeted by bullies for having nice plaster and driving a beautiful car.
Footage on social media reportedly showed Simpkins getting into an altercation during class with another student who escalated to shots Wednesday.
The fight was broken up and the two students calmed down, but then Simpkins pulled a firearm out of his backpack and fired several shots that hit Selby and two other people, according to an arrest warrant.
Calvin Pettitt, a 25-year-old English teacher who jumped in to break the fight, was shot in the back, suffering from broken ribs and a collapsed lung, according to police and his family.
Also injured were Eyimofe Olawepo and Pariesa Altma, according to a bond document obtained by Dallas News.
A pregnant woman was injured in a fall during the shooting, but received medical attention on the spot, police said.
Selby’s grandmother, Kathy Selby, told the WFAA that the two students had failed for a long time.
“They make Simpkins a victim. My grandson is on the ICU – shot four times. My granddaughter is the victim, ”she told the outlet.
Civil rights lawyer Kim Cole, speaking on behalf of Simpkins’ family, criticized journalists outside the jail for portraying the incident as a “standard shooting”.
“There have been many school shootings in this country which are tragic. All school shootings are tragic, ”Cole said. “But in this situation, it was not someone who was just out to go and shoot a school and had decided [and said,] ‘You know hey I’m sorry and I just want to shoot everyone I see.’
“That was not the situation here. So I ask the media to correct their story about what happened and that you all respect the family’s privacy, ”she said.