Seventeen-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis is being held in jail on capital murder charges after allegedly killing 10 people in a school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas Friday, but his father told a TV station in Greece that his son is a victim, not a criminal — not that he denies his son fatally shot eight students and two teachers.

The Associated Press reports that Antonios Pagourtzis shared his side of the story with Greece’s Antenna TV, alleging that his son was bullied:

The suspect’s attorney, Nicholas Poehl, has said he is investigating whether his client endured any “teacher-on-student” bullying after reading reports of the teen being mistreated by football coaches. The school district issued a statement saying it investigated the accusations and “confirmed that these reports were untrue.”

The elder Pagourtzis said his son took a legally owned shotgun and handgun from his closet before leaving for school that day. The teen didn’t own firearms of his own, he said.

“My son, to me, is not a criminal, he’s a victim,” he said. “The kid didn’t own guns, I owned guns.”

He said his son had told him he had acted on his own, and had spared “the kids who were the good kids so they can tell his story.”

The shooting suspect’s father isn’t garnering much sympathy.


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