- A GoFundMe created for Texas school shooting suspect was removed by the website.
- A spokesperson told Insider the fundraiser “violated GoFundMe Terms of Service.”
- Timothy Simpkins is accused of opening fire at an Arlington high school earlier this week.
A GoFundMe created for Timothy George Simpkins, the student accused of opening fire in an Arlington high school earlier this week, was removed by the website.
“The fundraiser was removed from the platform because it violated GoFundMe Terms of Service,” a GoFundMe spokesperson told Insider in a statement. “‘Less than $US150 ($AU205) was raised, and all donors have been refunded.'”
According to the Daily Mail, the GoFundMe, with a $US25,000 ($AU34,200) goal, was made on Thursday by Simpkins’ attorney, Kim T. Cole. The page included a note from Simpkins’ mother saying her son was robbed a few weeks before the shooting.
“‘What you don’t know is that Timothy was robbed at gunpoint and stripped of his possessions a couple of weeks ago. And the unfortunate backstory is that Timothy’s father was brutally beaten to death. This fact definitely heightened Timothy’s fear for his life,” the mother said, according to a screenshot posted by the publication.
The mother added that her son was “terrified and believed he would be murdered just like his father,” the outlet reported.
“My son has gone through a very traumatic experience,” the note continued. “He needs counseling and therapy.”
GoFundMe did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
With assistance from his attorney, Simpkins turned himself in following the shooting at Timberview High School on Wednesday. Authorities said four people were injured in the shooting, which occurred after a fight between students caught on video.
NBC 5 reported that the 18-year-old’s family said that he was bullied at school. According to the report, Simpkins was released on $US75,000 ($AU102,599) bail on Thursday and was charged with three counts of “aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.”