At 8 a.m. this morning, a high school in Santa Fe, Texas went on lockdown as yet another school shooting brought fear and panic to the students, their families, and the town.
A 17-year-old male student recently identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis is in custody after fatally shooting at least nine students and one teacher.
Multiple people have sustained injuries, including two police officers. At least 13 individuals have sought medical attention from nearby hospitals, including eight students.
Explosive devices were found at Santa Fe High School as well as in areas surrounding the high school, and law enforcement is searching a trailer where they believe the explosives may have been constructed.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings issued a blistering response to Texas Senator John Cornyn’s scripted offers of “thoughts and prayers.”
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi also issued a statement in response to the shooting and called for a vote in Congress:
“Children should never have to fear for their lives in a school classroom. Millions of young people are raising their voices and bravely, eloquently insisting on action to end the gun violence epidemic. Congress must show as much courage as they have, and act now to ensure that no other community or family must endure the unthinkable horror of gun violence. Our children deserve real leadership: a vote to prevent gun violence now.”
March for Our Lives, the group created by survivors of the Parkland, Florida shooting this past February, also issued a statement in support of today’s victims and survivors:
As the group noted, this is the second deadliest shooting this year since the Valentine’s Day shooting in Parkland, Florida and the 22nd school shooting this year.