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A Texas teenager who is accused of opening fire on a teacher and his classmates was arrested again on Christmas Eve after violating the terms of his parole.
The 18-year-old was found in violation of his $75,000 bond after a urinalysis test indicated he was positive for an illicit substance per a report by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The terms of his bond require that he abstain from drugs and alcohol.
Timothy Simpkins was arrested just 10 days after he sought permission from a judge to amend the terms of his bond to be permitted to attend church on Sundays. The judge had not ruled on the request before he was placed behind bars again.
The teenager allegedly shot a 15-year-old fellow student at Timberview High School seven or eight times after getting into a fight with him on October 6. He is also accused of shooting an English teacher in the back and grazing a teenage girl.
Notably, Simpkins was not accused of attempted murder, and instead, the high school student faces three lesser counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Social media users were quick to draw comparisons between the disparate treatment of Kyle Rittenhouse, who shot three people in self-defense and Timothy Simpkins who was released on bond the day after the school shooting and had been on house arrest with an ankle monitor since.
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Just a day after the shooting, the family welcomed him home with a celebratory bash and has made controversial statements about the incident, insinuating that Simpkins was the victim of bullying because he has “nice” things, like the Dodge Charger he fled the scene in.
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“He was robbed. It was recorded. It happened not just once, it happened twice. He was scared, he was afraid,” relative Carol Harrison Lafayette said the Wednesday after the shooting.
“It could have been a decision that he could have committed suicide… he was trying to protect himself. They were blessed financially. He was able to get things that other teenagers cannot have, because he wore nice clothes, because he drove nice cars, he was like a target,” she continued.
‘There is no justification of anybody … being hurt. We have to take a look at the fact that bullying is real. And it takes us all. And I do apologize. We ask as a family for forgiveness of any type of hurt,” Lafayette said.
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