Dimitrios Pagourtzis
The alleged shooter, 17-year-old Santa Fe High School student Dimitrios Pagourtzis. Photo: Galveston County Sheriff’s Office

A shooting Friday morning at a Texas high school that left 10 people dead prompted a statement from San Diego County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold on campus safety.

“While we know schools remain among the safest places for students, we also know that today’s shooting in Santa Fe, Texas may cause heightened concern about safety issues,” the statement said.

“You can’t educate students without them being safe; it’s a responsibility San Diego County school leaders and employees take very seriously,” the statement continued. “Every San Diego County school has a safety plan and procedures that contribute to maintaining a safe learning environment for our students. In the wake of this incident, school personnel will be reviewing those plans and continuing to implement best practices in maintaining the safety and security of our schools.”

Friday’s mass shooting began around 7:30 a.m. CDT at Santa Fe High School, located about 35 miles southeast of Houston. Armed with a shotgun and a .38 revolver, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis opened fire on his high school campus, killing 10 people — many of them his fellow students — and wounding 10 more, according to officials.

Pagourtzis surrendered and was taken into custody. Law enforcement officials are still investigating a motive for the carnage. According to reports, two homemade explosive devices were discovered on campus.

The attack marks the deadliest school shooting since the February massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 people dead.

Gothold said local officials are working to prevent such a tragedy.

“San Diego County school districts work closely with law enforcement agencies to build systems that aim to prevent violent episodes in local schools,” his statement said. “Last month’s Safety Summit, co-sponsored by the San Diego County Office of Education and the District Attorney’s Office, is just one example of our ongoing collaboration and multi-agency approach.

“The SDCOE team stands ready to continue our supports for local districts to ensure the safety of San Diego County students and staff.”

–Staff