Fil-Am Texas students express concerns of gun violence, lack of action
SANTA FE, TX — An exchange student and two substitute teachers were among the 10 people killed during the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Galveston County, Texas.
13 people were also injured Friday in what Texas Govenor Greg Abbott described as one of the “most horrible attacks that we’ve ever seen in the history of Texas schools.”
The horrific event happened just three months after the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people.
Many high-school students live with a constant feeling of uncertainty about school shootings— wondering not if there will be another one, but when, and where.
“I remember hearing one of the girls on the news say that she was terrified about what happened, but not surprised that it happened. I understand that because I too, feel that way,” said Daniel Zamora.
“It really disturbs me that these events are fading into normalcy. The frequency of these events is increasing. We are retrogressing,” said Ben Patriarca.
“Every couple of months it is just school shooting after shooting after shooting, and clearly, we are doing something wrong, because it just keeps happening. And nothing is changing,” said Max Kuci.
The students at Santa Fe were just weeks away from graduation when tragedy struck. A tragedy the school believed they had taken steps to avoid. They had an active shooter plan, armed officers, and practiced lockdowns, and still, 10 people died. Many students feel it is not enough and want the school to take an even more active role.
“I think the school should go out of their way to find more problematic students who have the possibility of doing something like this,” said Steven Zamora. “Hiring more school counselors or reaching out them and to the parents to help them be more aware of what is going on.”
Dimitrios Pagourtzis, age 17, armed with a shotgun and a .38 caliber handgun, burst into an art class and began shooting.
For 25 minutes, officers and the gunman engaged in a gunfight, before Dimitrios surrendered to police. He is reported to have researched tactics used by other mass shooters, and is also believed to have placed several explosive devices also found at the school.
Dimitrios was arraigned Friday on multiple capital murder and aggravated assault charges.