Texas School Shooting Suspect's Father Calls Son 'Victim'


Greg Abbott was set to hold a series of meetings Monday on how to combat school violence, three days after a 17-year-old killed 10 people in the fourth-deadliest mass shooting at a public school in modern US history.

Abbott will meet with two dozen people, including supporters and opponents of arming teachers, following the fourth-deadliest USA school shooting this year at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas on Friday.

Four minutes after Pagourtzis started shooting, police entered the school's hallway and exchanged gunfire with him while he remained in a classroom, allowing the rest of the school to be evacuated, Trochesset said.

He said he suspects his son was under pressure, perhaps due to bullying.

"Somebody probably came and hurt him, and since he was a solid boy, I don't know what could have happened".

Students will return next Tuesday, Wall said.

Reuters reported that state officials are likely to consider installing additional security at schools and implement screenings to assess whether students have mental health issues.

In contrast to Florida, where the killing of 17 teens and educators in February sparked a youth-led movement calling for new restrictions on gun ownership, the Texas tragedy saw elected officials and survivors alike voicing support for gun rights.

"My son, to me, is not a criminal, he's a victim", he said.

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Adding to the problem is the failure of some gun owners to safely secure their weapons.

Eight students and two teachers were killed in the shooting on Friday. Gun rights proponents say it prohibits regulations on gun ownership and that enforcement of existing laws should be sufficient to stop violent incidents like the one in Santa Fe.

Mr Pagourtzis said his son never displayed any signs that he would be capable of such violence, explaining that he did not fight with others, did not drink alcohol and seemed to enjoy healthy pursuits such as working out. "So when we try to incorporate parent involvement and hold parents accountable, you've got to face reality that some parents are not welcome to the school".

Texas is one of 14 states, including Florida, that have safe-storage laws, but the Texas law only applies to children 16 and younger.

Pagourtzis's family said in a statement it was "saddened and dismayed" by the shooting and "as shocked as anyone else" by the events. Her father, Aziz Sheikh, said Monday he hoped the death of his daughter, who wanted to serve her country as a civil servant or diplomat, would spur gun control in the United States.

"He was thinking of his sisters, how his sisters will be able to get about".

"They're going to be some of the simplest but most effective strategies that can be employed to make sure that our schools are safer places when our kids walk into those schools next August", Abbott told the press after the meeting.

Aguilera says she's ready for classes to resume next week so that she can join with friends again "to show how strong we are".