MANSFIELD, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The influx of panicked parents trying to contact their children during the October 6 shooting in the overloaded cell phone towers of Timberview High School, preventing calls from being made. This created more anxiety for parents and students.
“Today could have ended a lot differently than it did,” mom Stephanie Wade told CBS 11 News. “When you wake up in the morning you think it’s gonna be one way, it ends up being a whole different way. You never know when it will be your last day. So I am very grateful to have my daughter with me “
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Four people were injured in the shooting (three students and a 25-year-old teacher). Classrooms were boarded up and students hid under desks sending terrified messages to their parents.
Suspect Timothy George Simpkins, 18, surrendered to police hours after the shooting.
He was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a lethal weapon on bail set at $ 75,000, or $ 25,000 for each count.
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The shooting was said to have resulted from a conflict between Simpkins and another student in a classroom. Police said Simpkins brought a gun to school and at some point during or after this fight pulled out a 45 caliber handgun and started shooting.
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It’s hard to imagine the fear so many people felt yesterday when they saw classmates and a teacher being shot… while protecting themselves.
For example, the district offered counseling at Word of Truth Church in Arlington and also at the Mansfield ISD Center for the Performing Arts. Virtual consultations are also available from 11 a.m. to noon.
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No one is allowed on campus during the ongoing investigation.