JJ Watt, the NFL player, revealed he will foot the bill for the funeral of the victims of the Sante Fe shooting. According to the Houston Texans’ communications manager, Watt will be paying the bill for the ten kids who were shot and killed by their fellow classmate.
Just a few moments after the news hit the mainstream media, Watt wrote on Twitter that it was “absolutely horrific.” The shooter, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, opened fire on the other students using a .38 revolver, a shotgun, and explosives.
Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, said that it was “one of the most heinous attacks” in the history of Texas, especially, in the schools. The football team released a statement saying they were “saddened” by the events at the high school.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) May 18, 2018
This isn’t the first time that Watt has contributed to the greater good, as he set up a fundraiser last August for those hurt by Hurricane Harvey. Reportedly, Watt raised more than $37 million.
Nevertheless, when looking at the aggregate level, it’s been a terrible year to be a student in the United States, as we’ve seen more shootings in schools than in any other year.
According to a report from CNN, there have been 22 school shootings in the last 20 weeks where someone was either hurt or killed. On average, it’s about one shooting per week.
However, most of the other shootings included incidents like BB gun shootings, as well as incidents where no one was killed or was irreparably hurt. Prior to the Sante Fe incident, a 14-year-old child went into custody on the 11th of May after he shot one of his classmates in the arm.
As most North Americans know, the Parkland High School massacre kicked off a nationwide debate on gun control in the US. Since then, heated discussion and controversy surrounding the second amendment have been the norm.