Dimitrios Pagourtzis was 17 when he committed a school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas back in May 2018. Armed with a shotgun and .38 pistol owned by his father, Pagourtzis shot and killed eight students and two teachers. Another 13 were wounded.
As is usual whenever there is a school shooting of this magnitude, there were claims that Pagourtzis had been bullied. However, I think the more likely explanation for the shooting was the claim that Pagourtzis had a Columbine obsession. Pagourtzis was known to continually wear a black trench coat/duster in the Texas heat, along with a t-shirt that said ‘Born to Kill’. His football coaches allegedly admonished Pagourtzis for not having the best hygiene. This is what was considered to be bullying at the time.
This was no gentle soul we’re talking about here. Pagourtzis was said to have ‘aggressively’ pursued a 16-year-old girl for a romantic relationship. She repeatedly told Pagourtzis that she wasn’t interested. A week after the girl publicly rejected Pagourtzis’ advances, the shooting took place, and she was one of his first fatalities. I didn’t think of this at the time, but now that I reflect on it, Pagourtzis gives off some severe incel vibes. That would also be a more likely explanation for the shooting than any supposed bullying.
Since November 2019, Pagourtzis has been ruled incompetent to stand trial and was ordered to a state psychiatric facility. The matter doesn’t refer to his mental status during the murders, but his mental state since his apprehension. In March 2020, Pagourtzis was again ruled incompetent and ordered to be held for another 90 days. As we all know, the world pretty much went to hell at that time because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Pagourtzis has been held at the facility since.
Now, Pagourtzis is 20-years-old and once again has been ruled incompetent to stand trial. He has been ordered to remain in the facility for at least another year. According to reports, this is once again mainly due to the pandemic more than anything else. The trial for Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz has also been delayed multiple times due to the pandemic.
What I think is being overlooked by many people in this story is the ease of which Pagourtzis was able to obtain not only the firearms used in the mass murder but the ammunition as well. Pagourtzis bought the ammunition used in the attack from an online retailer. Keep in mind that he was 17-years-old at the time. The only age verification the retailer is said to have, was a box to check indicating that the purchaser is at least 21. As I’ve said before, this isn’t liquor or vaping we’re talking about. We’re talking about live ammunition that was ordered by a 17-year-old online and used to kill ten people and injure another 13.
We all hear about how guns don’t kill people, but people kill people. Maybe, but the gun makes it a lot easier for cowards like this to commit mass murder.
UPDATE 2/20/2022: Pagourtzis has again been ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial. He’s been ordered to return to a psych facility for another year. After that time, his mental state will be reevaluated again.