Family of suspected Texas school shooter says teen was bullied for fancy clothes, $35K car

A Texas teen suspected of pulling out a gun at school and firing the weapon family has spoken out, saying he was bullied due to his financially “blessed” lifestyle. Timothy George Simpkins has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly fired a gun at Timberview High School in Arlington. Simpkins turned himself into police last week according to The New York Post.

Simpkins family says he bought a gun for protection after he was bullied for his wealthy lifestyle. The teen lives in a $400,000 home with his grandmother, Lillie, and drives a $35,000 2018 Dodge Charger, according to Daily Mail.

“It could have been a decision that he could have committed suicide… he was trying to protect himself. They were blessed financially,” a cousin of Simpkins Cint Wheat said on Facebook.

According to his family, the teen was being robbed and picked on by students prior to resorting to gun violence.

“He was robbed. It was recorded. It happened not just once, it happened twice. He was scared, He was afraid,” Carol Harrison-Lafayette, who says she is a relative of the family.

“We have to take a look at the fact that bullying is real. And it takes us all. And I do apologize. We ask as a family for forgiveness of any type of hurt,” Harrison-Lafayette added.

“He was able to get things that other teenagers cannot have, because he wore nice clothes, because he drove nice cars, he was like a target,” she said before describing Simpkins as a “outgoing, loving person,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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