Santa Fe Shooter's Father Says His Son Is The Real Victim

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Antonios Pagourtzis argued that his son is a "pure child" who was a victim at Santa Fe High School.

Santa Fe, TX – The father of the Santa Fe High School shooter said that his son was a “good boy,” who lashed out after he was made the “victim” of bullying.

“I believe that’s what was behind the shooting,” Antonios Pagourtzis said, according to USA Today.

Santa Fe High School student Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, murdered 10 people – and injured 13 more – when he opened fire inside the school on Friday morning. The attack left eight students and two teachers dead.

“Something must have happened now, this last week,” Antonios said during a phone interview with Greece’s Antenna TV, according to the Associated Press. “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.”

Dimitrios’ attorney, Nicholas Poehl, said he was investigating whether or not the shooter had been subjected to any “teacher-on-student” bullying, and said he had read reports that the teen had been heckled by coaches at the school.

“He’s going through a very difficult time right now,” Poehl told USA Today.

The Santa Fe Independent School District disputed Poehl’s theory, and said they had conducted an investigation into those claims.

"It has been brought to the district’s attention that several sources are falsely reporting claims about SFISD high school coaches and bully-like behaviors toward the student shooter," the district said, according to USA Today. "Administration looked into these claims and confirmed that these reports are untrue."

Antonios did not deny that his son murdered 10 people, but argued that he was simply a “victim.”

“He pulled the trigger but he is not this person,” he said, according to the Associated Press. “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.”

Antonios noted that his son had never been violent, and said he was not one to get into trouble or abuse alcohol.

“My son, to me, is not a criminal,” he said. “He’s a victim.”

Antonios was able to meet with Dimitrios briefly at the Galveston County jail, where the teen was being held for aggravated assault on a public servant and capital murder charges.

“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,” Antonios said. “He was thinking of his sisters, 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.”

He said that Dimitrios told him he didn’t murder “the kids who were the good kids, so they can tell his story.”

According to investigators, Dimitrios confessed that he had only targeted students whom he disliked, USA Today reported.

Antonios argued that Dimitrios, who used .38 caliber handgun and a sawed-off shotgun during the attack, didn’t own any weapons.

“The kid didn’t own guns,” he said, according to the Associated Press. “I owned guns.”

Possession of a sawed-off shotgun is illegal without a proper permit, CNN reported.

On Saturday, Antonios told Antenna TV that his son had taken the weapons from his closet, CNN reported.

"I feel the pain of the others, but I have the same pain. I have the same exact pain," Antonios said, according to CNN. “I’ve lost my boy.”

Comments (24)
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Budman
Budman

Father is smoking to much crack!!

Skds2015
Skds2015

Describes almost every felons parents....he's a good boy. He didnt do nuthin wrong-HE'S THE VICTIM. I say charge the damn parents for having an illegal gun in their custody!!!!

JBo
JBo

Bullying is something cowards do to make themselves feel superior. That said...bullying takes place in every school in the nation without the student turning into a mass murderer.

BobC
BobC

Just Shut Up! He is Not the victim. You failed as a parent. You must have had some idea he was defective, but yet YOU left your guns lying around. You should be charged as an accomplice to MURDER!

Misty
Misty

Illegal gun and not having the guns legal and illegal locked up safe away from the kids. Parents are just as guilty for making the guns accessible.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

His son is a mass murderer, not a victim. Why isn’t the father in jail for not securing his guns properly? Charge the father with the murders also.

ragnarok1943
ragnarok1943

Dimitrios Pagourtzis supposedly used a Remington 870 shotgun and a 38 revolver which were both legally owned by his father. A lot of the news sites are saying it was a sawed off shotgun, which is illegal and which casts doubt on his father as a law abiding citizen.
A shotgun has to have at least an 18 inch barrel to be legal. I'm wondering, since the main stream media, doesn't know a blunderbuss from a derringer, whether it was really an illegal sawed off shotgun or whether the media just jumped to that conclusion. Since he didn't use one of those evil "assault" rifles, maybe the media said he used a sawed off shotgun to make it sound just as scary.

sgeames
sgeames

As Taya Kyle (Chris Kyles widow) said "When did people grow up thinking they were so entitled to being free from pain that when they do feel it they feel someone else or a group of people should pay for it with their life? When did people become so numb to right and wrong? When did people stop caring for others more than themselves? When did people start believing their pain was so much more than someone else’s that their pain became more important than another human life?" THIS IS THE PROBLEM. THAT FATHER IS PART OF THE PROBLEM! Dude, wake the hell up! Your kid is a selfish, self-centered piece of crap and you are most likely responsible for that fact!

Mrs10
Mrs10

Devils advance here - I’m wondering if English is the father’s primary language?
What I read in his statements is that he is trying to figure out WHAT happened. He says that he saw an acute change and that the person who killed those people wasn’t the same person he thought he knew.

Mrs10
Mrs10

With that said - everyone IS responsible for his/her own actions. I do not excuse this boy at all but I do think we need to consider the profound effect that bullying can have. As we all know, guns are NOT the problem in these cases. The answer to the school safety issue will come in better equipped law enforcement and school officials/policies that are proactive PLUS programs to address mental health issues. Attacking bullying before it becomes a problem is lot easier than dealing with the damages afterward.

dsmarine
dsmarine

Sawed off below legal limit of 18 inches can be done but since this is a tubular magazine shotgun it requires some expertise to do and still maintain weapon feed capability and shell capacity. I would like to see a photo. If sawed off came from the MSM they really do not get much right about firearms.

dsmarine
dsmarine

If I have any children or juveniles in my home ALL firearms are in a safe except the one on my person. Yes, I carry in the house. Wife is an excellent shooter too and has shot in competition too.

kwhite5
kwhite5

I think you are correct sir. Your son is a victim of failed parenting. We are suppose to teach our kids about life and how to deal with it. We are suppose to toughen them up in order to survive in the real world. You failed at teaching him. On the other hand, no parent is perfect. No child is perfect. At 17 years old this kid chose to make the decisions he did and now it is time to deal with the consequences. Stop trying to protect him from taking responsibility. Let him own it. How else will he learn?

Sarge McVey
Sarge McVey

I have two rifles, in my closet, but I also ave removed the bolts for them and have them hidden where only I and the wife know where they are at. I have one side arm in the house but own others that I have secured elsewhere, that one side arm is on my hip from when I get up in the morning until I go to bed at night, and yes I have a CCW.

QueuedLogic
QueuedLogic

I don't excuse this near grown man for his homicidal actions. I do however know that there are two sides to every story and I would not be surprised to learn of bullying behavior by adults that sparked the transformation in him. From my own personal experience, teachers are just as desperate to "fit in" and to be see as "coo" as the students they are teaching. I've experienced this kind of behavior myself from the 7th grade all the way up to my senior year in high school mind you I am 30 years of age as I write this, obviously those psychological scars don't go away as soon as the physical ones do but everyone is not built the same thus expectations for reactions can not be the same.

spetermann
spetermann

Yeah, like taking responsibility for being a shitty parent and not securing firearms in the home are not valid reasons for what his son did?? Deflect, deflect, deflect....that is what society does today. I bet those innocent ones shot and or killed were solid people too. Solid people do not do what his son did. I hope the survivors of those victims sue the hell out of him so the courts can show him that yes daddy dearest, your son was a product of what you lacked to provide as a parent. You sir, were not a responsible gun owner. Yes, I blame him.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Det_John_Kimble
He wasn't being bullied. He was a fucking weirdo who wore edgy shit like satanic symbols and vaguely hinting white supremacist symbols. He asked a girl out, she said no, he started bothering her to go out, then harrassing her, then she embarrassed him in front of the whole class by screaming she would never date him.

Somewhere in his mind, he thought he was entitled to go out with her, and he thought if i can't have her, no one can. Then he decided to shoot up a school.

He wasn't beat up, as far as reports say. He wasn't teased any more than any other weird kid in high school. He was fucking weird and felt entitled to a hot girl and things didn't go his way.

Stop making excuses for this pathetic excuse of a young man. You don't get to shoot up a school because you're being ignored.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

It sure is fun trolling a troll I must say! Anytime I can get you, ShelbyAhole or whataburger to start dropping F Bombs is fun!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Det_John_Kimble
Are you see about that assessment? You seem mighty concerned for the murdering monster. Maybe you weren't a cool kid either. Thank you for not shooting up schools.

And not that it matters to you or anyone else, but to toot my own horn i was lucky to be semi-attractive, pretty athletic, and smart in high school. But i had to grow into that because i was a chubby nerd in middle school, and got picked on plenty. But i didn't shoot up a school. I found out i was good at martial arts and wrestling and eventually people stopped picking on me. I didn't shoot up a school like your nephew here did. I got good.

Now post a picture equating to "i know you are but what am i?"

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble
LaneysSis
LaneysSis

It appears to me parents, such as this, are just as clueless as their killer children.


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