Santa Fe High School shooting: Officers engaged gunman, saved lives, sheriff says

Paola Ditto
Mag 22, 2018

Advocates for and against stricter gun regulations said they were asked to attend Wednesday.

Police arrested Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, at the Santa Fe school following the rampage that they said he carried out with a shotgun and.38-caliber pistol.

Patrick has also called for arming teachers to prevent future school shootings. "There's not a single answer".

About 30 teenagers held a moment of silence for the victims of the Santa Fe high school shooting in Texas.

"Anybody wants to hear their heart stop and see how long they can not breathe, wait till that phone call comes in, until you know they're safe", he said. The Republican has been governor of Texas since 2015.

In addition to Texas, versions of the law are on the books in California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and the District of Columbia.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) has suggested following the shooting that schools should have fewer entrances and exits, which would allow security to better monitor who is coming in and out of the building. Victims, educators, and family members from Santa Fe, Sutherland Springs, Alpine and Italy, TX are also being invited to participate in a roundtable discussion later this week.

"The roundtables are more political theater than anything else", Jones said.

"We're not able to say right now what he comprehends". The Galveston County District Attorney's office did not respond to a request for comment on whether it would pursue charges against the gunman's father.

"I believe we need armed security and our law enforcement needs more training for active shooter response", said student Bebe Schaefer. Greg Abbott's re-election campaign has dropped a shotgun giveaway from his website.

"It made me want to cry, cause I mean they're innocent people that are dying, and they don't deserve to die like that", said Victoria Coronado, a 10th grader at Northside High School.

The program trains people, using Federal Bureau of Investigation threat-assessment criteria, to go to schools and screen students, according to Billy Philips, an epidemiologist and director of the Office of Rural Health at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. About 1 percent of them were referred to licensed counselors. Trochesset said authorities are waiting for the medical examiner's autopsies to make that determination.

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.

University student Andrew Schneidawind started the hashtag on Twitter on May 20, urging his peers around the country to share what they would lose if they died in a school shooting.

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