The suspect in an Arlington, Texas high school shooting has been captured and subsequently released from jail on a $75,000 bond. The shooting happened at Timberview High School. 18-year-old Timothy Simpkins allegedly shot four people, including a teacher, using a loaded firearm that he brought into the school. His family appeared on television to say that he had been bullied at the school for quite some time and this may have been his way of acting out to defend himself. None of the injured have passed away as of the writing of this article.
There is a video floating around of Timothy Simpkins getting into a “fight” with other males. Using the word “fight” may not be appropriate because Simpkins was simply beaten up with no resistance. According to Dallas-area activist Charleston White, Simpkins was raised in private school and transitioned to public school because of his desire to play sports. He was not prepared for the gang culture and violence at the new school. Fighting was not a way for him to resolve problems. So instead of his parents and/or guardians removing him from that environment or attempting to solve the problems they knew he had, the problem was allowed to fester. This, of course, is no excuse. Because the reality is that most juvenile violence comes from an inability to fight or resolve conflict.
This situation goes against the typical mainstream media narrative of “white privilege”. The example of Dylan Roof enjoying a Burger King sandwich is often brought up to show how white criminals are treated vs black criminals. It doesn’t even matter that Roof was sentenced to multiple life sentences without the possibility of parole and the death penalty. The masses of those who want to belong to a victim class will simply point toward the Burger King sandwich. These same people also bring up Kyle Rittenhouse who was given bond after shooting people in Milwaukee. The same narrative cannot be spun here because Simpkins is a black male. Mainstream media were all over the case when it first happened. Now it will simply be dropped like a bad habit.
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