ARLINGTON, Texas – The family of a 15-year-old boy who was critically injured in a shooting at Timberview High School is asking for prayers as he struggles to recover.
Zakeo Selby’s mother, Iysha Selby, spoke to reporters Friday when she underwent another surgical procedure.
He said he had been in and out of a drug-addicted brother. But by the time he is careful, he has been able to squeeze his hand.
“She has tubes in her throat and nose. She just sleeps there,” said the 15-year-old mother trying to control her emotions.
Selby was one of four people injured in a Wednesday shooting at a school at Timberview High School in Arlington.
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Police said he and 18-year-old Timothy Simpkins became involved in a physical assault in the classroom. The others tried to break the fight, then Simpkins pulled the gun out of his pocket and shot Selby several times.
A 25-year-old teacher, known to students as Cedric Petit, was also shot and a young girl was shot. A pregnant teacher fell and was injured but well.
“He said, ‘Momma, momma, I was shot,’ and I said, ‘What?’ He said, “I’ve been shot” oh my God. And he grabbed the phone and I saw a hole in his box and blood was just pouring, pouring, pouring in his chest. It was all over his clothes, his mouth, his ears, the concrete, “Iysha recalled.
That is how she learned that her son had been shot Wednesday morning. She then ran to school.
“I was knocking on the door, ‘Bring me in, my baby is in it!’ But they do not allow anyone to enter, “he said. “and he came out of the stadium and I ran to the bed and took his hand and looked up and said I love you and said I love you again.”
He then saw an ambulance run with his son to Medical City Arlington, where he underwent a second operation for four hours Friday.
Simpkins was arrested after an hour-long search and charged with three counts of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. He applied for a bond the next day and was released from prison.
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Her family says she was abused and was trying to protect herself.
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Police have instructed Selby’s family not to comment on the cause of the clashes due to an ongoing investigation. But they said they want people to know that he is not the beast that people are making him into on social media.
“We saw the video ourselves. We were shocked to see the video because we had never seen him like that. I have never seen him fight with his sister or older brother. He is a gentle, kind child,” said Kathy Selby, his grandmother.
The family described him as a good and caring child who loved football and video games like many young people his age.
Selby’s family said his condition has improved slightly since he was accepted. They are optimistic about his recovery but said it will be long.
“Everyone is nice and sweet and caring. We have been getting a lot of love and support. They said the visiting room is full of people trying to come in to see him. One of the other victims, a teacher, their family came.” we prayed with him. We had the police come and talk to us and give us hugs and a nice stick. We had staff praying with us. I mean, love and support… so much, “mum said.
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