FATHER of the Santa Fe High School shooter said that his son should be treated as a ‘victim’ and not as a perpetrator because he was bullied and ‘mistreated’ by his fellow classmates.
Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, is currently being held on several charges including the act after he took 10 lives at Santa Fe High School on Friday.
He was described as a ‘good boy’ by his father Antonios Pagourtzis and claims that he was badly hurt by someone, which led to the massacre.
His father owns a Houston-based shipping repair company and is a migrant to the US from Greece, he came as a child, he acknowledged that he owned the guns that were used in the massacre.
‘My son, to me, is not a criminal, he’s a victim. The kid didn’t own guns, I owned guns,’ elder Pagourtzis told.
He claimed that his son was an average teenager who never got into trouble, there were no signs that would have indicated his son could do such a thing.
‘He pulled the trigger but he is not this person,’ he added.
‘It’s like we see in the movies when someone gets into other’s body and does things that are not done. It’s not possible in one day for the child to have changed this much.’
He told a media outlet: ‘My son was mistreated at school, and I believe that’s what behind the shooting.’
He furthermore added, he wished he could have been able to stop the killings and his whole family was in grief over what happened.
‘He never got into a fight with anyone. I don’t know what happened,’ he said.
‘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.
‘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.’
A Remington shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver were used in the attack which belonged to the child’s father, according to the officials.
‘I have guns, I am a hunter and had a farm which I rented in the 1980s,’ he stated. ‘The guns in my house are legal and declared.’
He also shared the details of his and his wife meet up with their shooter-son.
‘I saw the child. I didn’t see a child who is a murderer. A pure child, a child who was ashamed to look me in the face,’ his father told.
‘He was thinking of his siblings, how his sisters will be able to get about. He said he loves me, he told his mother he loves her and he will try to be strong to help us cope.’
The father also told that his son told him he was all alone in the act and had spared the lives of ‘the kids who were the good kids so they can tell his story.’