The father of the Greek-American Texas shooter has claimed his son Dimitrios Pagourtzis was bullied and this may have led him to open fire on an art class in his Houston-area high school on Friday, killing 10 people.
Speaking to Greece’s Alpha TV on Sunday, Antonios Pagourtzis, said his son was a victim of bullying on a daily basis and often in front of his girlfriend, who was also among the victims.
“He was taunted, beaten and bullied, probably by many pupils,” Pagourtzis said.
Antonios Pagourtzis, who emigrated from Greece to the United States in his mid-twenties, claimed that Dimitrios may have snapped following constant bullying.
“My boy is not a man, he is a child. We cannot blame everything on the child, others are also responsible,” he said.
Pagourtzis revealed that he had seen a change in his son’s behavior in the two weeks before the shootings and he decided to skip work and be with Dimitrios.
According to new accounts by students who survived the shooting spree at the high school, the 17-year-old chillingly sang “Another one bites the dust” as he fired away with his father’s Remington 870 shotgun and .38-caliber handgun.
“He also kept playing a kamikaze song over and over as loud as he could,” on his cellphone Kole Dixon, 16, told The New York Post.
County officials revealed that Pagourtzis exchanged “a lot of firepower” with authorities before surrendering. Despite the gun battle, Pagourtzis collapsed on purpose while giving himself up, so he would not be shot by arresting officers.
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