On Friday, May 18th there was a deadly attack at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas. A 17-year-old student, Dimitrios Pagourtzis was taken into custody as he is suspected to be the shooter that killed ten people during the horrific attack.
According to The Daily Mail, a 16-year-old girl named Shana Fisher, who died during the shooting had previously told her mother that she believed that Dimitrios was going to kill her one day after she rejected his advances.
Her mother claims that the alleged shooter had been asking Shana to date him for the past four months. After finally having enough, she got up in front of the class and told him to "cut it out". This allegedly happened one week before the shooting.
Now, the suspected shooter's father is speaking out.
During a phone interview with Greece's Antenna TV, Dimitrios' father discussed the shooting and his son. Antonios Pagourtzis talked about his son and how he wished he could have stopped the killing last Friday. He even revealed that he told police on Friday to let him inside the school so his son could kill him instead.
He went on to discuss how he believes his son must have been under immense pressure, which he believes was due to bullying. As you may know, many past school shooters cite bullying as their reason for murdering their classmates or teachers.
Antonios went on to say, "Something must have happened now, this last week." He continued, "Somebody probably came and hurt him, and since he was a solid boy, I don't know what could have happened. I can't say what happened. All I can say is what I suspect as a father."
We're unsure if Antonios suspects that the incident with Shana Fisher could be linked to his son's rampage.
According to Dimitrios' attorney, Nicholas Poehl says they are investigating whether the suspect endured any "teacher/student" bullying after reading reports that he was mistreated by his football coaches.
The school district has issued a statement saying it investigated the accusations and "confirmed that these reports were untrue."
It is confirmed that Dimitrios took his father's legally owned shotgun and a handgun from his closet before leaving for school on Friday. Antonios said, "My son, to me, is not a criminal, he's a victim." He went on, "The kid didn't own guns, I owned guns."
His father continued on, "He pulled the trigger but he is not this person." "It is like we see in the movies when someone gets into his body and does things that are not done. It's not possible in one day for the child to have changed so much."
Dimitrios is currently being held in Galveston County jail. He has been accused of killing eight students, two teachers and injuring thirteen others.
Source: Global News