Texas school shooting: Accused shooter's dad believes bullying behind rampage

Abbott lays flowers at a makeshift memorial on the grounds of Santa Fe High School May 20 2018 in Santa Fe Texas

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On Tuesday, Governor Greg Abbott held the first day of his three-day roundtable discussions on school safety at the State Capitol in Austin.

The May 19 front-page article " A fondness for trench coats and a growing darkness" reported that authorities said the two guns used by the alleged shooter in Texas belonged to his father. And the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., in February that killed 17 and brought gun-control measures to the forefront. Wednesday's discussion will focus on the underlying causes of gun violence, gun regulation, and mental health resources.

Before the shooting at Santa Fe High School, Texas Democrats had filed about 15 bills related to gun violence, nearly all of which died when the legislative session ended previous year.

Tuesday's meeting is with school administrators, law enforcement and officials with programs that arm Texas teachers. Abbott says his goal is to find ways to prevent any more students from losing their lives.

He has been a staunch supporter of gun rights, and few expect the meetings to result in recommendations for significant gun restrictions in Texas.

Ten people were killed in the shooting at Santa Fe High School earlier that day.

Patrick has also called for arming teachers to prevent future school shootings.

"I know a school district in the Houston area that's got 20,000 students who've got undocumented parents", he said.

In a phone interview over the weekend with Greece's Antenna TV, Antonios Pagourtzis said he wished he could have stopped the killing Friday at Santa Fe High School.

Police identified Pagourtzis, a student at the Santa Fe, Texas high school, as the suspect in the attack.

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He told the outlet that his son was the "family's pillar".

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".

His father says he owns guns but that the boy doesn't.

Dimitrios Pagourtzis is being held in the Galveston County jail on capital murder charges. He says he thinks someone might have hurt his son and that this could have prompted the attack.

The father, who owns a Houston-based shipping fix company, said his family was distraught over the mass shooting.

Eight students and two teachers were killed in the shooting, which was reportedly carried out against people Pagourtzis felt mistreated him.

"He never got into a fight with anyone".

Texas has 5.4 million students enrolled in its public schools and any changes it made statewide would be costly.

The Houston police chief, Art Acevedo, who is also the first vice-president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, posted a comment on Facebook that was praised by gun control advocates, writing that the proper response to the latest mass shooting was not prayers, study and inaction, but "prayers, action and the asking of God's forgiveness for our inaction".

The Republican-controlled legislature is out of session until January 2019, making it almost impossible for the state to implement and fund any major changes that come out of this week's three roundtable discussions.

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