On Friday, as a small Texas town grappled with the deaths of 10 of their own, a sketchy profile of another violent young man came to the fore, the disturbing details of his life blurring with those of the school gunmen of the past.

“Born to Kill” appeared on a T-shirt he posted on his Facebook page, along with images of the trench coat and an explanation of its decorations.

“Hammer and Sickle=Rebellion,” he wrote. “Rising Sun=Kamikaze Tactics. Iron Cross=Bravery. Baphomet=Evil.”

Above all this, Mr. Pagourtzis posted artwork seemingly inspired by the electronic musician James Kent, professionally known as Perturbator. Mr. Kent’s music — largely instrumental — has been adopted by affiliates of neo-Nazi groups and the alt-right.

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  1. In case anyone is wondering, from Wikipedia:

    Baphomet is a term originally used to describe an idol or other deity that the Knights Templar were accused of worshipping, and that subsequently was incorporated into disparate occult and mystical traditions. It appeared as a term for a pagan idol in trial transcripts of the Inquisition of the Knights Templar in the early 14th century.

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  2. This mass shooting/killing Robert is extremely close to my paternal family. 😦 In fact, Santa Fe High School (formerly Alta Loma, TX) is the school my own Dad graduated from, all my paternal uncles and one aunt graduated from, and many of my paternal cousins too. I have been in several phone conversations, emails, and chats with my cousins, who have their children and now grand children in the Santa Fe ISD, Alvin ISD, and Hitchcock ISD, they tell me that kids like Pagourtzis are treated quite harshly and as if they are aliens from another planet. The significant or impactful interaction that most/many kids should have during the Middle School/HS years just doesn’t happen outside of mainstream, clique-ish, trendy groups in school and society. If you don’t conform or assimilate, you are treated badly.

    Now this IS NOT to minimize in the least what Pagourtzis ultimately commited. However, it does say a LOT about our family’s and society’s levels of understanding and tolerance of diversity to be inclusive during formative years! Are America’s families TOO divisive, TOO hyper-concerned with distinguishing identity, TOO intolerant of diversity?

    And I read a CNN article yesterday that we are now average school-campus shootings ONCE EVERY WEEK for 2018! 😮

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    • I’m sorry to hear that, Professor – my condolences.

      Yes, the bullying and such that goes on in our schools these days is a very serious problem – obviously. I’ve read that several other mass shooters had the same experience. This guy, who is now in custody, appears to be caught-up in Alt-Right ideology. I wonder how other kids, more normal kids, can be expected to tolerate such extremism. Honestly, I don’t think I could’ve at that age or any other age.

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      • Our extended family are all safe/fine, but their classmates not so much. Thank you though Robert. ❤ Speaking of Alt-Right politics and its related ideologies into other social aspects, I have two couples (friends) with kids in the McKinney and Rockwall ISD's — both semi-rural wealthy (opulent?) suburbs of DFW — and both mothers in late 2016 and last year told me about political incidents/fights inside the school cafeterias where students were acting something between screaming protesters and rioters in Charlottesville, VA. Talk about hyper-vitriol for any sort of civil discourse or discussions/debates, huh? :/

        My biggest point in all of this is parenting, IMPROVED parenting (e.g. Pagourtzis' parents) on how to best manage a super diverse, shrinking world.

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        • >>> “… political incidents/fights inside the school cafeterias where students were acting something between screaming protesters and rioters in Charlottesville, VA.”

          Isn’t that a microcosm of America today? Our nation is so divided, so dysfunctional, so infected by extremism. How do parents teach their children civil discourse, tolerance, and rational behavior when the country around them is so uncivil, intolerant, and irrational? I wonder how much civility there was aboard the Titanic after it became clear that the ship was sinking? I wonder if it would be better for children to learn the difference between right and wrong first – because far too many of them don’t seem to have a clue these days.

          History provides some lessons for the current crisis. After WWII, Germans had some serious soul-searching to do. They decided that the societal threat posed by racist, warlike, Nazi ideology was too great to tolerate in their culture. Steps were taken which would be unconstitutional in the U.S., but which did prove effective in Germany.

          We Americans have a chance to avert the devastating catastrophe that befell Germany. We can do what they did in the 1920s and 1930s and acquiesce to the Alt-Right; or, we can take a firm stand against it. The choice is ours.

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