Saturday, 16 Oct 2021

Family of school shooter asks for £18k on GoFundMe ‘because he was traumatised’

The family and friends of a school shooter set up a GoFundMe for him, asking for $25,000 (£18,364) because he was 'traumatised'.

Timothy Simpkins, 18, opened fire on 15-year-old Zacchaeus Selby and 25-year-old teacher Calvin Pettitt at Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas, on Wednesday. A teenage girl also suffered a minor injury.

The teacher was just wounded, but Selby remains in a critical condition in hospital.

The shooting came after teachers attempted to break up a fight involving Simpkins, with the incident being caught on camera.

Afterward, Simpkins fled before turning himself in to police who charged him with three counts of aggravated assault with a gun.

He was released on Thursday after at least some of his $75,000 (£55,092) bail was paid.

The twisted fundraiser was set up on Thursday evening by attorney Kim T. Cole. Simpkins' mother, Katrina, penned a statement on the page explaining why they were asking for money.

In it, she claimed that her son was 'traumatised' by his father's death and a 'victim of bullying'.

It read: "Many of you have seen the video of the brutal beating Timothy Simpkins received. He never even returned a blow. He simply balled up and covered his head trying to protect himself.

"What you don't know is that Timothy was robbed at gunpoint and stripped of his possessions a couple of weeks ago, and the unfortunate backstory is that Timothy's father was brutally beaten to death.

She also alleged that the boy hitting Simpkins in the video had threatened to kill him, so he feared he would die "just like his father".

Despite caveating the message by insisting she was "not suggesting taking a gun to school was the right choice", she concluded: "My son has gone through a very traumatic experience. He needs counselling and therapy."

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"Please donate what you can to help."

The fundraiser amassed a mere $150 (£110) before being shut down by GoFundMe, with the money returned to those who donated.

A spokesperson for the site told the Daily Mail that: "The fundraiser was removed from the platform because it violated GoFundMe Terms of Service."

The Selby family has also set up a GoFundMe to help with the 15-year-old's medical bills. They are roughly one-third of the way to their $10,000 target.

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