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Santa Fe Shooter May Have Had Specific Targets in Mind

The 17-year old shooter seems to have sought out those he "didn't like."

We need to be teaching our children how to handle disappointment.

We need to be instilling grace, humility, caring, and a reverent fear of God in our kids.

To be fair, I don’t know the family background of the Santa Fe shooter, yet. I don’t know how he was raised, and the truth is, sometimes parents can do everything exactly right, but their child still strays.

That being said, it is too easy for the world to get settled into the spirit of impressionable youth, and lead them in the exact wrong direction.

What we’re hearing now is that when he opened fire in an art class, killing 9 other students and 1 teacher, he had targets in mind.

In particular, he sought out those he “didn’t like.”

One mother is saying the 17-year old assassin targeted her daughter, Shana Fisher, because she had repeatedly turned down his advances.

Fisher's mother, Sadie Rodriguez, told the Times in a private message to the paper's Facebook page that the suspect, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, gave her daughter "4 months of problems" before Fisher rejected him in front of classmates.

"A week later he opens fire on everyone he didn't like," she wrote to the newspaper. "Shana being the first one."

She didn’t say how she knew her daughter was shot first, or how she may have known that certain students were targeted, but it may be from reports of those students who were inside when the shooting began.

To date, law enforcement aren’t really giving out those details.

What we do know is that he was only a junior, and a student at the school.

He used a shotgun and a .38 revolver, taken from his father, in the attack. He also threw pipe bombs into some classrooms, according to witnesses.

Explosive devices were found around the school, including a pressure cooker with an explosive device inside, reminiscent of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Representative Randy Weber, who represents the Santa Fe area in Congress, gave a statement of comfort, vowing that they would work together to recover from the tragedy.

"This is the second time in eight months that we've gone through tragedy," Weber said, according to the Times.

"We will pull together," he added. "We will grieve together, we will love one another, we will work together. We did it after Harvey, still doing it after Harvey, we'll do it after this."

And at this point, it’s the best anyone can do. There aren’t going to be any answers that ease the pain of loss. It’s going to take a community drawing close and being a support to those who need a place to turn when they feel broken.

Schools have their problems, but they aren't THE problem. It's a cultural problem. Parents who don't care about education often raise kids who don't care about education. Parents who are self-centered usually don't raise selfless children. Violent parents often raise violent kids. The schools aren't raising these children, parents are, or unfortunately in many cases, are not. My wife teaches, and I coach, and to see how little involvement or even interest many parents have in their children's lives, successes, and failures is saddening. A profound lack of support and involvement from the people children should be able to count on most is what leads to failure, not a "government school" who's primary purpose should be teaching academics, not raising a well adjusted and balanced individual.

Why are the people who shit on a public education always the ones who were obviously the least served by a public education? Take Oregun, for example. Maybe they spent high school sniffing glue and jerking off, I don't know...but they obviously think public schools are the problem. What's up with that? How do we fix it?

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RockinU: I was raised with parents who were too busy to be involved in our school activities, yet we did well in school and most certainly did not even think about killing others because we were angry with them. I think the biggest problem is the number of parents who work outside the home in order to provide their children with all of the "bells and whistles" that moden child deems an absolute necessity,
rather than a luxury. Too many of our children are raising themselves so that their parents can have "things" that it took THEIR parents a lifetime to accumulate. They want it now and are unwilling to put off their own desires for the sake of their children.

ekay: I don't disagree with that, and I'm not saying that all kids with less than involved parents are going to wind up maladjusted spree killers, but it's a problem. You know that it's hard to reach a child to help them achieve when you contact their parents because of classroom issues, and they parents are almost militant with their lack of interest. Some high achievers overcome their circumstances, I've seen it refreshingly often, and it's inspirational every time, and it gives me hope, but unfortunately many use their circumstances as an excuse for eschewing effort.

RockinU: In many instances children are being raised by maladjusted parents. Parents who aren't married; parents who cannot stay married and frequently bringing a new step-parent, single parents much too young for the responsibility of raising a child, etc. Parents who neglect the needs of their child while attempting to satisfy the desires they seek. It is surprising that some children survive their parenting and become well adjusted, productive members of our society!

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