According to The New York Times, a shooting occurred at Timberview High School located at 7700 S Watson Rd, Arlington, TX 76002.
Police were called to the Arlington high school at approximately 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, of reports of gunfire on the campus. Allegedly a fight broke out with some of the students, and one of them pulled out a gun and began firing shots at the other students. Three students were injured, along with one adult. Three of the victims were taken to the hospital for treatment, while the other one refused treatment for their minor wounds.
The suspect, 18-year-old Timothy George Simpkins, fled the scene but was apprehended hours later.
Attorney contributor Marc Lenahan works with victims and their families in civil court cases involving violent crimes, such as shootings. Marc has shared his insight in regards to the legal rights of victims shot at a high school.
"High schools, along with their administration, have a legal responsibility to ensure their students and staff are safe on their campus. Adequate security measures should always be in place to ensure their safety is a high priority. Schools should make sure to implement certain safety measures that may include well-lit parking lots, video surveillance, metal detectors, and security officers. If the security measures are lacking at a school and a violent crime takes place, like a shooting, the school could be deemed negligent."
"If a crime is assumed reasonably foreseeable, the school and their administration can be held liable. If a property owner fails to provide additional protection even though they are aware of increasing criminal activity in the area and a crime occurs, it can be considered foreseeable. Victims and their families may have grounds to pursue a civil lawsuit if the school is deemed negligent. Victims and their families are urged to get the advice of an experienced violent crimes lawyer."