Dimitrios Pagourtzis, Texas school shooting suspect, a neo-nazi?

This 18 May 2018 video from the USA is called 10 killed in shooting at Texas high school.

From the Daily Beast in the USA today:

Dimitrios Pagourtzis, Texas Shooting Suspect, Posted Neo-Nazi Imagery Online

Before allegedly killing at least 8 people [at least 10], he apparently posted online images of a Nazi medal, a musician favored by the alt-right, and a “born to kill” t-shirt.

05.18.18 1:14 PM ET

Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the suspected gunman who opened fire at a Texas high school on Friday morning, apparently posted photos of neo-Nazi iconography online, according to social media accounts flagged by classmates and reviewed by The Daily Beast.

Pagourtzis, 17, was booked into Galveston County Jail for capital murder on Friday. He allegedly killed 10 people at Santa Fe High School, where he was a student. Explosive devices were left inside the school near Houston, authorities said. Pagourtzis reportedly had an assault-style rifle, shotgun, and pistol.

Before his arrest was announced, two Santa Fe students also told The Daily Beast that Pagourtzis was the gunman and they confirmed a Facebook account with Pagourtzis’ name belonged to him. Attempts by The Daily Beast to reach Pagourtzis’ family were unsuccessful.

On April 30, Pagourtzis apparently posted a t-shirt with “born to kill” printed on the front, boasting that it was custom-made.

That same day, Pagourtzis posted multiple pictures of a duster jacket emblazoned with a variety of symbols including the Iron Cross, a German military award last given by the Nazis

Other images on Pagourtzis’ now-deleted Facebook page suggest a possible interest in white supremacist groups. Pagourtzis uploaded a number of t-shirts that feature Vaporwave-style designs. Vaporwave, a music and design movement, has spawned a related movement called Fashwave, which borrows the same aesthetic but applies them to neo-Nazi subjects.

Pagourtzis’ Facebook header image was the cover of an album by musician Perturbator. Perturbator’s music has been co-opted by members of the Fashwave movement, BuzzFeed previously reported. Neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer frequently includes Perturbator’s music in “Fashwave Fridays” posts.

BETSY DE-FARCE Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said the federal school safety commission, set up after the February mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, will not examine the role of guns in school violence. [HuffPost]

The Other Side Of School Safety: Students Are Getting Tasered And Beaten By Police. In the wake of the deadly Parkland shooting, more armed police officers are being stationed in schools. But what happens when they’re the ones perpetrating violence? Here.

9 thoughts on “Dimitrios Pagourtzis, Texas school shooting suspect, a neo-nazi?

  1. As of this writing, at least ten killed and many more injured at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas. We’re still learning more, but we know that students went to school this morning and didn’t make it to the end of the day. Didn’t make it to graduation, didn’t make it to the rest of their lives.

    My thoughts are with the community of Santa Fe. I’m thinking of the students, teachers, administrators, parents, and law enforcement. I’m deeply sorry that they are experiencing this.

    I’m sorry that there are parents, brothers, and sisters who are grieving, who won’t see their children and siblings at the next family dinner or baseball game. I’m sorry that there are teachers everywhere worrying about whether their classroom will be next instead of solely focusing on teaching those kids. I’m sorry that some of the students at Santa Fe weren’t surprised that this happened because they expected it at some point. I’m sorry that more people have been killed at our schools this year than have been killed while serving in our military.

    Either we accept this, and continue to be sorry, and prayerful and thoughtful. Or we act. That’s it.

    There are 535 members of Congress. Who represent 320 million people. All of us. Each member responsible for representing the interests of this country, of people, of human beings, of kids. Not responsible for PACs or lobbies, corporations or special interests. Not responsible for the next election.

    Remembering that, we can meet silence with action. Tragedy with common purpose. The disagreements with compromise and consensus that allow us to do better — not perfect, not your ideal, not my ideal, but better than what we have today. Shouldn’t be too much to ask for the kids who died today, for the kids too scared to go to school on Monday, should it?

    What if we required universal background checks to ensure that firearms only get into the hands of those won’t harm themselves or someone else. Close all loopholes and exceptions. Every single gun purchase has a background check.

    We can stop the new sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines to ensure that firearms designed to kill as effectively and efficiently as possible on the battlefield aren’t used in our schools, our streets, our churches, and our concerts.

    We can give federal help to local school districts to improve on-campus safety. Local stakeholder solutions with assistance to make the necessary investments.

    We can fully support federal research on gun violence so that we can better understand and address its root causes.

    We can improve record sharing from the background check system, the ability for law enforcement to more effectively act on information that could help in the prevention of gun sales to those who shouldn’t own them or stop those who do and pose a threat.

    We can find a way to implement Extreme Risk Protective Order (ERPO) or Red Flag Laws. Successfully implementing these can stop shootings and might have a big impact on the suicides that make up 2/3 of our daily 96 gun deaths.

    These are some ideas I’ve heard from my constituents in El Paso, from students at the town hall I held at Montwood High earlier this year, from those I’ve met along the road throughout the counties of Texas.

    These ideas won’t prevent every shooting, won’t be perfect, aren’t easy conversations to have. And there’s no way that I would suggest I have all the answers. No one person does.

    But any hesitation I have in stepping forward is overwhelmed by the justice demanded by the daily tragedy of gun violence. Any question on how to lead has been answered by gun violence survivors, young people, high school students who are already leading us (forcing us) towards the difficult, important conversation that this country owes them, owes all of us.

    I want to use our proud history of gun ownership, gun rights, gun safety, and gun responsibility in Texas as a place from which to lead. I want to sit down with any person of any party in any place and at any time to figure out how we can make sure that this does not continue to happen.

    It’ll look a lot like our town hall on the steps of the Cottle County courthouse in Paducah on Sunday. I was asked about my stance on gun safety by a woman in the community. She certainly didn’t agree with everything I said, and we came to different conclusions about the next steps. But we were able to have the discussion with one another. And we acknowledged that both of us love Texas and want what’s best for our country, our schools, our kids.
    Town hall with Beto in Cottle County

    The open dialogue we’ve been having across Texas is missing from Congress. The House of Representatives and the Senate owe this country a real discussion, debate and vote on these issues. I will continue to do my best to meet this crisis with the urgency it deserves.

    All of Texas grieves today. All of Texas should join in leading the country to act tomorrow.



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