As the dust settles on last weeks deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School, more information about the shooter’s motives is surfacing. One of his victims was a girl he’d asked out numerous times. She rejected him. Now it seems like she may have even predicted his emotional state and foretold what he was going to do.
Shana Fisher, 16, was not interested in dating Dimitrios Pagourtzis. After he asked her out, repeatedly, she turned him down. He didn’t take it well. Fisher was scared of him, even. “If he kills me,” she reportedly told her family, “I’ll haunt him forever.”
That was just two weeks before the shooting, Friday.
“It’s believed Pagourtzis responded to the snub by making her his primary target,” The Daily Mail writes, “shooting Shana from ‘point blank’ range in the face and leaving her body so damaged she was virtually unrecognizable.”
“Shana told her mother two weeks ago he was going to come and kill her,” Timothy Thomas, Fisher’s father, told The Daily Mail.
“He had told her himself he was going to kill her. He was walking around planning this in his head for two weeks.”
“Shana said that if he came into the school with a gun and killed her she would haunt him for the rest of his life. She was really scared.”
“I know he had pestered her to go out with him. She kept telling him no. For one, he supposedly already had a girlfriend. And two, she just didn’t have feelings for the boy,” he added.
“What kind of a person thinks the appropriate response is to kill her and a class full of people. It’s insane that my daughter was picked out as the one.”
“She was a beautiful girl, someone full of light. She was real timid, she never talked bad to me or anyone else but I know she finally stood up to him before this happened and told him to cut it out.”
“I don’t understand it but I know he had some serious problems. I believe in forgiveness. I’m praying for him as well as for my daughter,” Thomas said.
“I’m not a judge or a jury. I wouldn’t want to wish death on anyone. I have faith in the system.”
“I am a Christian and I believe in Jesus. I believe my daughter has moved from here to heaven, those thoughts are what’s keeping me going. What I have a problem with is that none of these teachers or counselors saw this coming.”
“If they are smart enough to teach our kids, they should be smart enough to see when something is badly wrong with someone.”
“And how can they see a boy in a heavy trench coat walking into a hallway in 100F heat and not think something’s up with that?”
“I believe that all these school shootings would be avoidable if the teachers paid attention to their students.”
The problem there, though, is clear to anyone who has spent much time in a high school. It is very hard to distinguish between dangerous teenage behavior traits and typical teenage behavior traits–at least until something like this occurs.