GoFundMe has disabled an account created to raise money for the Arlington school shooter, the organization said.
“The fundraiser was removed from the platform because it violated GoFundMe Terms of Service,” GoFundMe told DailyMail. “Less than $150 was raised and all donors have been refunded.”
18-year-old Timothy Simpkins shot and injured three people at Timberview High School of Arlington, Texas on Wednesday. The teenager was just broken up from a fight with one student before he committed his crime.
The shots struck two teachers, grazed one student, and critically wounded 15-year-old Zacchaeus Selby.
Simpkins was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was set free Thursday evening following $75,000 bail, according to KDFW.
Dallas attorney Kim T. Cole created the GoFundMe account for him on Thursday night. It embedded a note from his mother asking for $25,000 assistant for medical expenses and legal fees.
The GoFundMe account said Simpkins was suffering from trauma following his father’s death.
“My son has gone through a very traumatic experience,” she wrote. “He needs counseling and therapy.
She acknowledged that her son was a victim of a bully and has never retaliated.
“Many of you have seen the video of the brutal beating Timothy Simpkins received. He never even returned a blow,” the mother said. “He simply balled up and covered his head trying to protect himself.”
According to footage shared on social media, Selby, the critically injured victim from the shooting, repeatedly hit Simpkins before being separated by two teachers. Then, Simpkins brandished his .45 caliber gun from his backpack and opened fire.
According to the note, before the Wednesday incident, Simpkins was already robbed at gunpoint and his possessions stolen. Allegedly, it was the last straw for the 18-year-old whose father was beaten to death.
“Not to mention that the young man responsible for beating and harassing him had recently made threats to kill him so you see, my son was terrified and believed he would be murdered just like his father,” the note claims.
“Please donate what you can to help,” the mother pleaded.
Selby’s family has also launched a GoFundMe account to raise money for his medical costs, and as of Friday evening, it had earned more than $3,000 of its $10,000 target. He was ready to have further surgery on Friday.
Arlington Police Department Assistant Chief Kevin Kolbye said officials were probing the instances of bullying.
“We’re going to be looking into any allegations of bullying, basically his past history, the school history,” he said. “But even if you’re bullied, there are other options besides carrying a gun into a school and using a gun in a situation like that. That’s just not acceptable.”
It remains a mystery how and where Simpkins may have acquired the weapon.