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Gun Violence in Schools in the United States since 1970

Fatalities in School Shootings

There have been 760 people killed and an additional 1604 people injured in school shootings in the United States between 1970 and 2019.

The three incidents during this span with the largest number of casualties were Sandy Hook Elementary School (28) on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, CT, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (17) on February 2, 2018 in Parkland, Florida, and Columbine High School (15) in Littleton, Colorado on March, 20 1999.

Where Shootings Occur

The short answer is everywhere. All 50 US states have had at least one school shooting incident since 1970. It is not surprising that the most populus states of California (172 incidents) and Texas (144 incidents) have had the most frequent shootings.

Today's young people have always lived in a world where a school shooting was a very real possibility. While compared to other causes of death, the probability of dying from a school shooter's bullet remains remote. However, the media coverage, both mainstream and social, surrounding these shootings stir anxiety and increase fear among the young.

Active Shooter Situations

An active shooter situation is an event were an ongoing incident is occuring when police are notified. Of the 188 estimated school shootings during this span, 57 of thesee incidents were active shooter siutations. Active shooter situations have present further complications for both students affected as well as law enforcement. As students in these incident shelter in place, law enforcement needs to evaluate the situation and attempt to neutralize the threat by determining who the shooter is, where they are, and protect students and school faculty.