Unlike last year’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where authorities quickly released a timeline of the attack, formed a commission and produced a detailed analysis of the incident, some Santa Fe parents say Texas officials, citing the ongoing investigation and upcoming trial, are withholding important details.
Shortly after the shooting, Gov. Greg Abbott convened a series of roundtable discussions with experts and parents and later released a 40-point action plan. State lawmakers passed many of those recommendations into law this session, including money for student risk assessment and mental health initiatives.
But families say more is needed, such as a robust third-party investigation into the shooting.
“Nobody is being held accountable,” said John Rosenboom, whose son Colby was shot in the hip and survived. “It’s a shame we know more about the Parkland shooting than the shooting that happened right here in our own town.”
Authorities say Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 18, a junior at the high school, opened fire in two crowded art classrooms using his family’s sawed-off Remington shotgun and a .38 handgun. Students hid in supply closets and scrambled under desks as the suspect repeatedly shot at and taunted his classmates before surrendering to police, according to court documents and witnesses. He has been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault on a peace officer.