Two Timberview High School shooting victims remain in hospital – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Two of the four people injured in a shooting at Timberview High School this week are still in hospital, police said Thursday.
As of Thursday morning, police said the 15-year-old boy who was shot is listed in a critical condition in Medical City Arlington. Court records have identified the 25-year-old man who was shot dead as Calvin Pettit and is listed in good condition as of Thursday morning. Pettitt is listed as an English teacher on Timberview High School.
According to Arlington Police, The shooting occurred after a fight between students on the second floor of the high school. One of those students, identified as 18-year-old Timothy Simpkins, pulled out a gun. On Thursday, police said, a class teacher called for help while the two students were arguing and Pettit ran to try to break him up.
A teenage girl who sustained a minor injury was released from hospital, while another woman who was injured was treated and released Wednesday at Timberview High School.
In a video message shared Thursday, Mansfield ISD supervisor Dr. Kimberly Canto said their community is recovering.
In the video, Dr. Canto said: “This tragedy is something we never wanted to see in our community, and even though this crisis happened on one of the Timberview campuses…because we’re all so connected, it affected the entire Mansfield ISD family.” “We know you entrust your loved ones with our care and that the safety and security of our students and staff is always our top priority.”
Canto said every Mansfield ISD campus had beefed up security Thursday, while Timberview High School was closed.
“The way events unfolded yesterday shows how having a police officer on every campus makes a difference. Our MISD officer was there and responded quickly to the call as did our Timberview High School and high school staff and students early on, and that danger was quickly contained,” she said. “We are very grateful for the collaborative efforts of our law enforcement partners including Arlington, Mansfield and Grand Prairie Police Departments because they responded when we needed them.”
Multiple counseling services were provided to students and staff on Thursday including a virtual session. The Mansfield ISD Performing Arts Center, which served as the site for Wednesday’s reunification, also offered services alongside the Church of the Word of Truth.
“Counseling is very important in such a scenario because it is painful. Trauma is one of the things that stays with people their whole lives if not handled properly,” said Reverend Eben Koner. “We knew we wanted to be part of the solution, not just through Prayer, that is the spiritual piece but now, we have the piece of consolation that affects a person’s heart, thinking and memories.”
Reverend Conner said they would consider extending counseling services last Thursday if necessary.