Victims, educators and family members from Sutherland Springs, Santa Fe and other communities affected by shootings will discuss gun safety and school preparedness this week in Austin.
The teenager who opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Texas could have been bullied by students and staff and the accusations were dismissed without interviewing all relevant parties, lawyer Nick Poehl said in an interview.
Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old student at the school, faces charges of capital murder and aggravated assault of a public servant.
The attorney said the Santa Fe school issued a statement saying that they have examined the claims of harassment, but determined they were erroneous.
He asks that the families of the shooting victims and first responders also be honored as part of the moment of silence. She lives in a home with guns, she respects them and she believes they make her safer - until the wrong person gets ahold of one.More news: Pope Francis tells gay man "God made you like this"
"To come out here and have my team be as strong as they were, and how emotional it was and they came out here and played, I'm really proud of them", Shubert said.
One of the students killed, Shana Fisher, had rejected the suspect's advances for months, her mother Sadie Baze said. She said her daughter had "stood up to him" the week before the shooting, but did not give further detail.
A makeshift memorial is seen outside Santa Fe High School a day after a mass shooting May 19, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas.
In March, a 17-year-old Maryland high school student used his father's gun to fatally shoot a female student with whom he had been in a recently ended relationship.
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The dead include two teachers, Glenda Perkins and Cynthia Tisdale, plus students Shana Fisher, Kimberly Vaughan, Angelique Ramirez, Christian Riley Garcia, Jared Black, Christopher Jake Stone, Aaron Kyle McLeod and Pakistani exchange student Sabika Sheikh. He immediately waived his Miranda rights and is now in solitary confinement. I've spent too much ink on these pages, too much time on air, pushing for gun control laws that protect our children.
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What's more, the Santa Fe school had two armed police officers and had trained extensively in active shooter protocols, so it wasn't a situation where "good guys with guns" can solve the problem. They said their client might not have been in the right state of mind, even though his social media posts before the shooting showed an affinity for weapons and contained violent messages.
"I don't think we're going to see any change because Democrats and Republicans are seeing this from very different perspectives", Mark Jones, a professor at Rice University, said.
In a statement, the family of the shooting suspect said they were "saddened and dismayed" by the deadly attack and "as shocked as anyone else".More news: TX school shooting victims: Pakistani exchange student, junior art student among victims