Texas shooting suspect's dad says son may have been bullied

Father of Accused Texas Shooter Believes Bullying Was Behind Rampage

Father of Accused Texas Shooter Believes Bullying Was Behind Rampage

Officials have released dramatic cell phone video of the horrific Santa Fe Texas school shooting.

The Texas Democratic Party in a statement called the roundtable meetings "theatrics" and chastised Abbott for holding the discussions behind closed doors.

The talks came in the aftermath of Friday's massacre at Santa Fe High School that killed eight children and two teachers in the latest example of the mass shootings that have become a pervasive part of American life. They'll have access to "counseling assistance from many state and local agencies" and will see additional law enforcement officers on campus, the superintendent said.

Some gun rights proponents in Texas have embraced the idea of arming teachers, a strategy advocated by the National Rifle Association and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Sadie Rodriguez, the mother of Santa Fe student Shana Fisher, who was killed in the attack, has said in media accounts that her 16-year-old daughter had rejected four months of aggressive advances from Pagourtzis.

The shooting rampage in Florida sparked a gun control campaign by students and parents that has piled on pressure nationwide for lawmakers to enact gun control legislation.

Wednesday's discussion will focus on gun regulations, mental health solutions and underlying causes of gun violence, Abbott said just before Tuesday's meeting.

The Republican-controlled legislature is out of session until January 2019, making it almost impossible for the state to implement and fund any major changes that come out of this week's talks. He acknowledged that such airport-style screening would carry a high cost for the thousands of school districts in the state.

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A representative of Nielsen's defended her Tuesday comments, saying the reporter's question that preceded them was misleading. "The Secretary agrees with that assessment".

Abbott said any legal changes considered would "protect Second Amendment rights".

"The roundtables are more political theater than anything else", Jones said.

His spokesperson Stephen Chang said the governor was finalizing plans for the roundtables, including the dates and participants. He did not respond to a request for comment.

"He pulled the trigger but he is not this person", he said. Abbott has given no indication that he would do so.

Among the measures coming out of the meeting that Abbott said he would like to see implemented quickly were expanding school safety training programs, bolstering threat assessment systems and expanding a pilot program created to screen for students who might be a threat to themselves or others. He said after the shooting that he wanted to use it across the state.

Reuters reported that about 42,000 students have been screened through that program, and 1 percent of them were referred to licensed counselors after their evaluation.

"Roughly about a third of those that were triaged were for suicidal intention, and they're mostly female; females act in, males act out", Phillips said.

A woman wearing a Texas T-shirt holds a lighted candle during a vigil held in the wake of a deadly school shooting at Santa Fe High School on Friday in Galveston, Tex.

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