ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Classes are canceled for Thursday, October 7 at Mansfield ISD Timberview High School in Arlington following Wednesday morning’s shooting that injured four people.
“It is so important that the Timberview High School community has time to heal, and therefore, there will be no school for Timberview High School on Thursday,” Principal Derrell Douglas said in a letter. to parents Wednesday afternoon.
He said there would be counseling services available at Word of Truth Church, Mansfield ISD Center for the Performing Arts as well as virtual counseling.
Suspect Timothy George Simpkins, 18, surrendered to police hours after the shooting.
The teenager was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a lethal weapon with bail set at $ 25,000 for each count.
The shooting results from a conflict between two teenagers in a classroom.
Police allege Simpkins brought a gun to school and at some point during or after this fight pulled out the 45 caliber handgun and started shooting.
A 15-year-old student was hit by at least one gunshot. A 25-year-old teacher was also injured. They both remain hospitalized.
A student was hit by a bullet
Police said Simpkins left campus after the shooting.
They said the weapon used in the crime was found about three kilometers from the school.
At approximately 1:00 p.m., SImpkins, accompanied by a lawyer, surrendered to the police.
“What we thought happened,” Asst said. Chief Kevin Kolbye of the Arlington Police Department, “A fight between the student and another individual in the class, and a gun was used. When officers heard on the radio that there was a teacher in distress, officers immediately went to that classroom. An officer heard the gunshots as he climbed up there.
Arlington Police have confirmed that ATF Dallas Field Division, Mansfield Police, Grand Prairie Police and Mansfield ISD Police conducted a “systematic search” of the campus.
Ass. Chief Kolbye also confirmed that all of the students in Timberview had been evacuated.
There were some 1,700 students reunited with their families.
Victim Services were called in to help the students.
Here is Principal Douglas’ full letter to parents and guardians:
Dear Parents and Guardians of Timberview High School:
It was a devastating day, and we are still bringing our students and parents together; but we would like to thank you for your cooperation, patience, understanding and kind words as we come to understand what happened.
Today’s shooting was traumatic. We are very grateful that there have been no fatalities and reports indicate that the injured are expected to recover.
It is so important that the Timberview High School community has time to heal, and therefore, there will be no school for Timberview High School on Thursday October 7th. All extracurricular activities, including track and field events and games, will also be canceled. . In addition, the October 8 parent-teacher conferences will be postponed to a later date.
Counseling services will be available tomorrow for students, staff and families to help individuals begin to understand what happened. Services will be available in person and virtually. Please see the details of the tips below:
Word of Truth Church
8201 Webb Ferrell Rd, Arlington, Texas 76002
Thursday October 7 from 7:25 a.m.
Mansfield ISD Center for the Performing Arts
1110 W. Debbie Lane, Mansfield, Texas 76063
Thursday October 7 from 7:25 a.m.
Thursday October 7 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
You can also check out Mansfield ISD’s 24/7 Student Support here, which provides support to students during non-school hours. There is even additional support through a free referral service to help people with mental health or addiction issues be matched for treatment.
Please note that due to the ongoing investigation, no one will be able to access the Timberview High School campus until further notice. We’ll be sure to keep you updated once we have more details on the steps to follow.
If you have any questions about any of the information mentioned, please contact Mansfield ISD Communications at 817-299-6345 (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or by email at [email protected]
Timberview High School
On Wednesday evening, the town of Mansfield tweeted a statement about the school shooting:
The Town of Mansfield extends its deepest condolences to those injured in the shooting at Timberview High School this morning, and to their loved ones. We also thank the first responders who helped the victims, secured the scene and placed the suspect in police custody. Our thoughts and prayers are with our @mansfieldisd family.
The Town of Mansfield extends its deepest condolences to those injured in the shooting at Timberview High School this morning, and to their loved ones.
– Ville de Mansfield, Texas (@CityMansfieldTX) October 6, 2021