A high school student in Texas is accused of plotting a violent rampage this week, shooting a teacher and leaving a 15-year-old boy in a coma.
Despite the horrific nature of the crime, however, 18-year-old suspect Timothy George Simpkins was released from jail on bond just one day after the shooting, the New York Post reported.
Details of the shooting
Reports indicate Simpkins was able to post a $75,000 bond on Thursday, the day after he allegedly got into a brawl with classmate Zacchaeus Selby at Timberview High School in Arlington.
According to one witness, Simpkins fired as many as eight times, leaving Selby critically injured and in a medically induced coma.
English teacher Calvin Pettitt, 25, attempted to break up the fight and was left with broken ribs and a collapsed lung, according to reports. A teenage female was reportedly grazed by a bullet and a pregnant teacher fell but was treated at the scene.
Some critics took issue with the suspect facing three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon instead of more serious charges such as attempted murder. Others spoke out against the decision to allow Simpkins to leave jail after posting just $75,000 in bond.
“This is a crazy world”
Video has since emerged that shows Simpkins casually walking down the sidewalk on Thursday, raising further questions about the perceived lenient treatment. Pettitt’s sister tweeted that the situation keeps “managing to get worse.”
The suspect in the Arlington, Texas school shooting walks free one day after allegedly shooting his teacher and classmates. His bail was only set at $75,000. pic.twitter.com/fyUMBmX3Nx
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) October 8, 2021
On the same day that Simpkins walked out of jail on bail, Selby and Pettitt remained in the hospital for treatment of their injuries.
The suspect’s family claims he had been bullied by envious students and acted in self-defense. An attorney for the family went so far as to imply that it was not a “standard-issue school shooting” and therefore was somehow less serious.
Pettitt’s sister, Grace Rinearson, clearly disagreed, advising everyone to hold their “loved ones close” because “this is a crazy world we’re living in.”