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Black Privilege? Texas Shooter Released For…

Timothy Simpkins, a black teenager suspected of shooting 4 people during an altercation at his school in Texas, has been released on bail after paying a $75,000 bond, with his family claiming jealous students bullied and robbed him.

Simpkins, 18, was released from Tarrant County Jail in Texas on Thursday, after being arrested on Wednesday on three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, resulting from a fight at Timberview High School. Simpkins allegedly open fire within the school itself, injuring 4, including two 15 year old students and a pregnant woman. One student, a 15 year old boy, was critically injured and required surgery, with 25-year old English teacher Calvin Pettitt remaining hospitalized with a collapsed lung. The other two victims suffered minor injuries.

Simpkins was quizzed by local media when he was released from jail, on a mere $75,000 bond. Reporters asked him if he wanted to apologise to his teachers and the students that were injured, and whether he was being bullied at school, to which he shook his head without saying anything. One Twitter user remarked that it was strange that a school shooting suspect was released on bond “the next day” after it had occurred. Read more…

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