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Mother of Santa Fe Student Mentioned in Threatening Text Message Is Concerned

Katie Gurka says she will go through the “chain of command until something changes”

Santa Fe High School.
Santa Fe High School.


Katie Gurka, the mother of a Santa Fe High School student whose name was mentioned in a text message that contained threatening comments, talked to Houston Matters about her concern.

Back in May, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, killed 10 people –8 students and two teachers— at the high school. A grand jury has indicted Pagourtzis on capital murder charges.

Rachel Blundell, the high school's principal, sent a letter to parents on Thursday explaining that a text message that included “threatening comments against a group of students” had been reported on Wednesday. Blundell noted that law enforcement identified the individuals responsible for the text and added that all parents of students involved were contacted.

Gurka said the fact her son's name was in the text message is “terrifying” and “especially after what we all just went through less than four months ago.”

Gurka commended the school because of how “swiftly” it reacted in terms of notifying the parents, but she is concerned about what will be done to keep the students safe. “To have all of this happening, it just kind of heightens everything and you’re left with a pit in your stomach that you just can’t get rid of.”

Gurka added she will go through the “chain of command until something changes.” “If I need to start at the school, start there, and just keep working my way up until something changes because I can’t just sit back.”

The Santa Fe Independent School District said in a statement that “appropriate disciplinary action was taken based on the student code of conduct” and added “no further action was warranted as charges were declined by the Galveston County District Attorney's Office.”

The Santa Fe High School started the new academic in August with new security measures such as metal detectors and additional police officers, among other things.

You can read principal Blundell's letter here:

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