2. Call the authorities
Forget about the “no-snitching” rule when it comes to your child and call the police to notify them of an assault. If your child has been beaten, call the police. While some children grow out of bullying, for some this can be the start of a lifetime of bullying and criminal assault. The child may already be known to police and if not, they need to know. Sometimes it’s the only way to stop bullying before it grows out of control.
3. Contact the media
The last thing a school or school district wants is bad bress. So if something wrong is happening in the school and they are doing nothing about it, contact the media and let them know. They may want to do an investigative story about it. If you feel comfortable putting you and your child under the microscope feel free to use their name, but you can also ask the reporter(s) to leave your child’s name anonymous until the situation gets resolved.
Mr. Simpkins, identified as the suspect, had fled the scene after the shooting, but was taken into custody hours later. He will now be under house arrest, according to local Texas news channel WFAA. He will also submit to drug and alcohol testing and wear a GPS monitoring device.
The court ordered Mr. Simpkins, charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, to stay away from the school and the people who were injured in the shooting.
Mr. Simpkins’s family had earlier said he was a target of bullying and also claimed he acted after being robbed and attacked by bullies.
Mr. Simpkins was painted as a “menace to our society and nothing could be further from the truth,” said a lengthy Facebook post made on Thursday by an unnamed Simpkins family spokesperson. The comments were attributed to Mr Simpkins’s mother and grandmother, reported local newspaper Fort-Worth Star Telegram.