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Officials say they are tightening security at campuses when students return

  • Santa Fe HS students gather outside junior high after shooting at high school; one student told me he heard about 20 shots. (Photo Credit: Florian Martin | Houston Public Media )
    Santa Fe HS students gather outside junior high after shooting at high school; one student told me he heard about 20 shots. (Photo Credit: Florian Martin | Houston Public Media )
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  • Law enforcement agencies are deployed at Santa Fe High School, located in Galveston County, because of the shooting incident that happened in the morning of May 18, 2018.  (Photo Credit: Photo: Harris County Sheriff's Office via Twitter / @HCSOTexas)
    Law enforcement agencies are deployed at Santa Fe High School, located in Galveston County, because of the shooting incident that happened in the morning of May 18, 2018. (Photo Credit: Photo: Harris County Sheriff's Office via Twitter / @HCSOTexas)
  • TV reporters getting ready for stand ups outside the Agricultural Event Center. Press conference expected for as soon as Gov. Abbott gets here. (Photo Credit: Florian Martin | Houston Public Media )
    TV reporters getting ready for stand ups outside the Agricultural Event Center. Press conference expected for as soon as Gov. Abbott gets here. (Photo Credit: Florian Martin | Houston Public Media )
  • Scene at Santa Fe Jr High where parents have been picking up kids. Photo of Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media)
    Scene at Santa Fe Jr High where parents have been picking up kids. Photo of Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media)
  • Santa Fe Jr High. Photo of Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media)
    Santa Fe Jr High. Photo of Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media)
  • Aerial of Santa Fe High School in Texas. Image by KTRK-TV
    Aerial of Santa Fe High School in Texas. Image by KTRK-TV
  • Aerial of Santa Fe High School in Texas. Image by KTRK-TV (Photo Credit: Image by KTRK-TV/PBS NewsHour)
    Aerial of Santa Fe High School in Texas. Image by KTRK-TV (Photo Credit: Image by KTRK-TV/PBS NewsHour)
  • Police were called to Santa Fe High School after shots were reportedly fired on Friday morning.
 (Photo Credit: Google Maps/Screenshot by NPR)
    Police were called to Santa Fe High School after shots were reportedly fired on Friday morning. (Photo Credit: Google Maps/Screenshot by NPR)
  • Santa Fe police Chief Jeff Powell: “less than 10 fatalities” Photo Florian Martin | Houston Public Media  (Photo Credit: Photo Florian Martin | Houston Public Media )
    Santa Fe police Chief Jeff Powell: “less than 10 fatalities” Photo Florian Martin | Houston Public Media (Photo Credit: Photo Florian Martin | Houston Public Media )
  • Santa Fe High School senior Logan Roberds talks to reporters outside the Alamo Gym where students and parents wait to reunite following a shooting at Santa Fe High School Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (Photo Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
    Santa Fe High School senior Logan Roberds talks to reporters outside the Alamo Gym where students and parents wait to reunite following a shooting at Santa Fe High School Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (Photo Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Police cars are parked outside the Alamo Gym where students and parents wait to reunite following a shooting at Santa Fe High School Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (Photo Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
    Police cars are parked outside the Alamo Gym where students and parents wait to reunite following a shooting at Santa Fe High School Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (Photo Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • People wait outside the Alamo Gym where students and parents wait to reunite following a shooting at Santa Fe High School Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (Photo Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
    People wait outside the Alamo Gym where students and parents wait to reunite following a shooting at Santa Fe High School Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (Photo Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Santa Fe High School senior Logan Roberds, left, talks to reporters outside the Alamo Gym where students and parents wait to reunite following a shooting at Santa Fe High School Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (Photo Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
    Santa Fe High School senior Logan Roberds, left, talks to reporters outside the Alamo Gym where students and parents wait to reunite following a shooting at Santa Fe High School Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (Photo Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Law enforcement vehicles are parked outside the Alamo Gym where students and parents wait to reunite following a shooting at Santa Fe High School Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (Photo Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
    Law enforcement vehicles are parked outside the Alamo Gym where students and parents wait to reunite following a shooting at Santa Fe High School Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (Photo Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Texas Governor Greg Abbott expected to speak in Santa Fe, Texas. Photo Florian Martin | Houston Public Media  (Photo Credit: Photo Florian Martin | Houston Public Media )
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott expected to speak in Santa Fe, Texas. Photo Florian Martin | Houston Public Media (Photo Credit: Photo Florian Martin | Houston Public Media )
  • People react outside the unification center at the Alamo Gym, following a shooting at Santa Fe High School Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (Photo Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
    People react outside the unification center at the Alamo Gym, following a shooting at Santa Fe High School Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (Photo Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • People react outside the unification center at the Alamo Gym, following a shooting at Santa Fe High School Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (Photo Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
    People react outside the unification center at the Alamo Gym, following a shooting at Santa Fe High School Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (Photo Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • People react as they leave the family unification center at the Alamo Gym, following a shooting at Santa Fe High School Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (Photo Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
    People react as they leave the family unification center at the Alamo Gym, following a shooting at Santa Fe High School Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (Photo Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Texas Gov. Greg Abbott gives details of the Sante Fe High School shooting. Abbott confirms 10 fatalities and 10 injured. Photo via KHOU
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott gives details of the Sante Fe High School shooting. Abbott confirms 10 fatalities and 10 injured. Photo via KHOU
  • Texas Gov. Greg Abbott gives details of the Sante Fe High School shooting. Abbott confirms 10 fatalities and 10 injured. Photo via KHOU (Photo Credit: Photo via KHOU)
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott gives details of the Sante Fe High School shooting. Abbott confirms 10 fatalities and 10 injured. Photo via KHOU (Photo Credit: Photo via KHOU)
  • Mugshot of Santa Fe shooting suspect Dimitrios Pagourtzis. Photo via KHOU
    Mugshot of Santa Fe shooting suspect Dimitrios Pagourtzis. Photo via KHOU
  • People react outside the unification center at the Alamo Gym, following a shooting at Santa Fe High School Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (Photo Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
    People react outside the unification center at the Alamo Gym, following a shooting at Santa Fe High School Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (Photo Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • People react outside the unification center at the Alamo Gym, following a shooting at Santa Fe High School Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (Photo Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
    People react outside the unification center at the Alamo Gym, following a shooting at Santa Fe High School Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (Photo Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • The neighborhood in Brazoria County where the suspected shooter is reported to have lived. Law enforcement has it sealed off. Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media)
    The neighborhood in Brazoria County where the suspected shooter is reported to have lived. Law enforcement has it sealed off. Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media)
  • Teen suspect in Santa Fe High School shooting promoted ‘born to kill’ shirt, German nationalist symbols on Facebook.
    Teen suspect in Santa Fe High School shooting promoted ‘born to kill’ shirt, German nationalist symbols on Facebook.
  • A man hugs a woman outside the Alamo Gym where parents wait to reunite with their kids following a shooting at Santa Fe High School. Michael Ciaglo/Houston Chronicle/Via NPR (Photo Credit: Michael Ciaglo/Houston Chronicle/Via NPR)
    A man hugs a woman outside the Alamo Gym where parents wait to reunite with their kids following a shooting at Santa Fe High School. Michael Ciaglo/Houston Chronicle/Via NPR (Photo Credit: Michael Ciaglo/Houston Chronicle/Via NPR)
  • Emergency responders respond to an active shooter. Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle/Via NPR
    Emergency responders respond to an active shooter. Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle/Via NPR
  • Law enforcement officers respond to Santa Fe High School after an active shooter was reported on campus. (Photo Credit: Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle/Via NPR)
    Law enforcement officers respond to Santa Fe High School after an active shooter was reported on campus. (Photo Credit: Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle/Via NPR)
  • Mourners gather by the Barnett Intermediate School where parents are gathering to pick up their children and hear news. Marie D. De Jesus/Houston Chronicle/Via NPR (Photo Credit: Marie D. De Jesus/Houston Chronicle/Via NPR)
    Mourners gather by the Barnett Intermediate School where parents are gathering to pick up their children and hear news. Marie D. De Jesus/Houston Chronicle/Via NPR (Photo Credit: Marie D. De Jesus/Houston Chronicle/Via NPR)
  • A woman prays in the grass outside the Alamo Gym where parents wait to reunite with their kids following a shooting. Michael Ciaglo/Houston Chronicle/Via NPR (Photo Credit: Michael Ciaglo/Houston Chronicle/Via NPR)
    A woman prays in the grass outside the Alamo Gym where parents wait to reunite with their kids following a shooting. Michael Ciaglo/Houston Chronicle/Via NPR (Photo Credit: Michael Ciaglo/Houston Chronicle/Via NPR)
  • Emergency responders from multiple agencies work at the scene. Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle/Via NPR (Photo Credit: Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle/Via NPR)
    Emergency responders from multiple agencies work at the scene. Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle/Via NPR (Photo Credit: Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle/Via NPR)
  • A women receives information regarding the active shooter. Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle/Via NPR (Photo Credit: Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle/Via NPR)
    A women receives information regarding the active shooter. Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle/Via NPR (Photo Credit: Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle/Via NPR)
  • People embrace outside the Alamo Gym where students and parents wait to reunite. Michael Ciaglo/Houston Chronicle/Via NPR (Photo Credit: Michael Ciaglo/Houston Chronicle/Via NPR)
    People embrace outside the Alamo Gym where students and parents wait to reunite. Michael Ciaglo/Houston Chronicle/Via NPR (Photo Credit: Michael Ciaglo/Houston Chronicle/Via NPR)
  • At this hour the street remains blocked at the suspect's home in Alvin. Photo by Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media  (Photo Credit: Photo by Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media )
    At this hour the street remains blocked at the suspect's home in Alvin. Photo by Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media (Photo Credit: Photo by Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media )
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  • People outside a middle school set up as a reunion point for parents and students in Santa Fe, Texas on Friday, March 18, 2018 after a gunman killed at least 10 people at Santa Fe High School.  (Photo Credit: Michael Stravato for The Texas Tribune)
    People outside a middle school set up as a reunion point for parents and students in Santa Fe, Texas on Friday, March 18, 2018 after a gunman killed at least 10 people at Santa Fe High School. (Photo Credit: Michael Stravato for The Texas Tribune)
  • Santa Fe High School sophomore Averi Gary, center, is comforted during a prayer vigil following a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, on Friday, May 18, 2018. Seventeen-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis is charged with capital murder in the deadly shooting rampage.  (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (Photo Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
    Santa Fe High School sophomore Averi Gary, center, is comforted during a prayer vigil following a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, on Friday, May 18, 2018. Seventeen-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis is charged with capital murder in the deadly shooting rampage. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (Photo Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

 

The Latest on the Santa Fe high school shooting in Texas.

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The father of a 17-year-old student accused of fatally shooting 10 people at a Houston-area high school says the teenager doesn’t own any guns and that perhaps his son was being bullied.

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. His voice cracks as he describes how he told police to let him inside the school so his son could kill him instead.

Dimitrios Pagourtzis is being held on capital murder charges.

His father says he owns guns but that the boy doesn’t. He says he thinks someone might have hurt his son and that this could have prompted the attack. He says his son didn’t drink and never got into fights.

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The latest school shooting is unlikely to lead to significant new gun restrictions in Texas.

Gov. Greg Abbott begins hosting school-safety roundtable discussions Tuesday. There have been new calls to arm teachers and “harden” campuses against attacks in the wake of last week’s shooting at Santa Fe High School that left eight students and two teachers dead.

But few expect the meetings to result in a major push for gun restrictions in a state that has more than 1.2 million licensed handgun owners who can openly carry their weapons in public.

The discussions will start in Austin, and Abbott says they will include lawmakers, educators, students, parents, gun-rights advocates and shooting survivors. The first one features officials from districts that arm some teachers or contract with local police for security.

Santa Fe ISD officials say while they are anxious to have students back in their schools, they realize there are students, staff, and families who need time for grieving and mourning.

On Monday, officials announced students won't return to classes until after Memorial Day on Tuesday, May 29th.

All teachers and support staff will return tomorrow Wednesday, May 23rd.

Officials say they are tightening security at campuses when students return. They also have mental health support available throughout the district for students, staff, and faculty, for as long as there is a need– including a toll-free crisis hotline.

At a Monday press conference, Santa Fe ISD Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Patti Hanssard said the community is grateful for the outpouring of support.

“Our district leadership, campus, students, staff, parents have been eager to help our families recover, we will be forever indebted to these individuals who have stepped up to help,” Hanssard said.

More resources and information can be found on the school's website including where people can make donations. That's SFISD.org.

 

Below is a press conference with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo discussing the Santa Fe shooting.

 

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