Santa Fe High School Shooting: an Incel Killing?

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On Friday, May 18th, the U.S. was witness to its 22nd school shooting of the year.  This one took place at the Santa Fe High School at which 10 people (8 students and two adults) were killed and 13 wounded.  (Santa Fe is 36 miles southeast of Houston.)

The alleged perpetrator is Dimitrios [Dimitri] Pagourtzis, 17-year-old and son of Greek immigrants. He was junior and an honor-roll student whobrought to school his father’s shotgun, a .38-caliber revolver and two nonfunctional“improvised explosive devices” (IEDs).  Fellow students considered himaquiet, shy kid who reportedly wore a black trench coat almost every day even when temperatures hit over 100°.  He played on the school’s junior-varsity football team and was apparently repeatedly bullied.  He was also a member of a local Greek Orthodox church’s dance squad.  According to some media reports, “he did not shoot students he did like so he could have his story told.”

The Daily Beast reports that Pagourtzis posted photos online of neo-Nazi iconography.  He posted photos of a T-shirt with the words “Born to kill” on it as well as a jacket “emblazoned with a variety of symbols including the Iron Cross, a German military award last given by the Nazis, and other pins. He said he equated the Iron Cross with “bravery.”  It claims that “Pagourtzis said a hammer and sickle meant ‘rebellion,’ a rising sun meant ‘kamikaze…

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