GoFundMe has deleted an account set up by friends and family of school shooter Timothy Simpkins in Arlington, where they asked $25,000 from the public to help him, alleging he was traumatized by his father’s death.
A spokesperson told DailyMail.com on Friday, “The fundraiser was removed from the platform because it violated GoFundMe’s Terms of Service.”
“Less than $150 has been raised and all donors have been repaid.”
Simpkins, 18, seriously injured 15-year-old Zacchaeus Selby and also injured 25-year-old teacher Calvin Pettitt — whom he shot in the back — when he opened fire at Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday.
Selby is still in hospital, clinging to life after being shot four times, his family said.
Seconds before the fight, the two got into an argument in their classroom. The fight was captured on video. It was eventually broken up by teachers.
Simpkins fled and then turned himself in to police. He was released Thursday after a guarantor paid at least part of his $75,000 bail.
His family has claimed that he is an innocent victim of bullying who acted in self-defense after being relentlessly bullied, in part because he has “nice things” like a Dodge Charger and expensive sneakers.
A GoFundMe page was launched Thursday night by Dallas attorney Kim T. Cole asking the public to donate money to help Simpkins.
This GoFundMe page was set up Thursday evening by Kim T. Cole, an attorney who regularly launches such fundraisers. It had a goal of $25,000 and included a statement from Timothy Simpkins’ mother
The fundraiser has a goal of $25,000. It had raised $150 before it was discontinued by GoFundMe
The GoFundMe page featured a lengthy statement from the shooter’s mother stating that Timothy needed therapy
The page featured a lengthy statement from his mother, Katrina, which reads: “Many of you have seen the video of the brutal beatings Timothy Simpkins received. He never even returned a punch. He just balled up and covered his head to protect himself.’
“What you don’t know is that a few weeks ago Timothy was robbed at gunpoint and robbed of his belongings,” she wrote. And the unfortunate backstory is that Timothy’s father was brutally beaten to death. This fact has certainly increased Timothy’s fear for his life.’
“Not to mention that the young man responsible for beating and harassing him recently threatened to kill him, so you see, my son was terrified and thought he would be killed like his father.”
She said that while she’s “not suggesting that taking a gun to school was the right choice,” there’s “so much more to it.”
“My son went through a very traumatic experience. He needs guidance and therapy.’
Zacheus Selby, 15 (left), was still in hospital on Friday, fighting for his life after being shot four times. Teacher Calvin Pettitt, 25 (right), was shot in the back
A large group of people were chatting outside a house owned by Simpkins’ grandmother
The house, in the Edgefield district of Arlington, was a hive of activity Thursday
Timothy Simpkins left the Tarrant County Correctional Center Thursday afternoon after a bail bond paid part of his $75,000 bail. The 18-year-old opened fire in his class on Wednesday after a fight with another classmate, Zacheus Selby. He also shot a 25-year-old English teacher who had tried to end the fight and grazed a teenage girl
“Please donate what you can to help,” she added.
The page raised $150 in donations before GoFundMe closed it for a policy violation.
Selby’s family launched their own GoFundMe to pay for his medical bills, which raised more than $3,000 of the $10,000 goal Friday night. On Friday, he had prepared for another operation.
Prosecutors have yet to file a case against Simpkins, who partied with his family members after he was released from prison on Thursday night.
Calvin Pettitt’s sister tweeted after he was released, saying, ‘How can this keep getting worse?’
Simpkins’ next trial date has not yet been scheduled and it remains unclear where he got his weapon from.