Father of Texas school shooter says his son was 'mistreated at school'

Ksenia Novikova
Jun 01, 2018
11:36 A.M.
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The teenager who went on a shooting rampage that killed 10 people at his school was a victim of bullying, according to his father.


Antonios Pagourtzis, the father of Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, suffered from bullying at Santa Fe High School, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.

He said that their lives "are shattered" following the incident, which happened on May 18, 2018.

On Friday morning, Dimitrios broke into an art classroom and opened fire with a pistol and a shotgun. He later surrendered to authorities.

According to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, the weapons of Dimitrios - a Remington shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver - were owned by the teenager's father.

Dimitrios was brought to the Galveston County Jail


Antonios, who moved from Greece to the U.S. when he was 12 years old, said the incident left his family heartbroken.

"This country treated us well. I worked hard and became a shipowner. I had three ships, which I sold. Now, our lives are shattered," he said.


Antonios said the guns in his house are legal and declared. But he didn't say how his son acquired them.

He said that his son was "mistreated at school" and that he believed that was behind the fatal mass shooting.

"He never got into a fight with anyone. I don't know what happened. I hope God helps me and my family understand. We are all devastated. It would have been better if he shot me than all those kids," he added.

This year, a total of 100 mass shooting incidents in the U.S. have occurred as of May 17, 2018, according to Gun Violence Archive. The shooting at Sante Fe High School marks the 101st mass shooting this year.

Gun Violence Archive describes mass shooting as four or more individuals being shot or killed in the same time and location.

Last year, a total of 346 mass shootings occurred in the U.S.