Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Title: Quick Info on Incidents at American Schools

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So far this year, up to March 6, there have been at least 16 instances of shootings at schools in the United States. Three happened at colleges, and 13 took place at K-12 schools. These incidents resulted in nine deaths and at least 23 injuries, as reported by CNN using information from the Gun Violence Archive, Education Week, and Everytown for Gun Safety.

CNN verifies these reports by comparing them with information from schools, police, and media. Any incident of gun violence on school property, from kindergarten to college, where at least one person is shot (excluding the shooter), is considered. This includes buildings, fields, parking lots, stadiums, and buses. Accidental discharges are included if at least one person is shot, except when the shooter is law enforcement or school security.

During the first year of the pandemic when schools were closed, there was a significant decrease in gun violence on school grounds. However, in the years following, there was a notable increase, with records set in 2021, 2022, and 2023 compared to at least 2008. In 2023 alone, there were at least 82 incidents, while 2022 was particularly deadly, recording 46 fatalities, including the tragic shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 students and two educators were killed, and over a dozen others were injured.

In response to the issue of gun violence, some students and educators have become activists, and some educators have even left their profession.

According to CNN’s analysis, some southern states have experienced a high rate of school shootings relative to their populations since 2008. Washington, DC had the highest rate, with five shootings—more than 0.7 per 100,000 people. Texas had the most overall with 56 school shootings. On the other hand, Montana, Wyoming, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island had no school shootings during that period, according to CNN’s analysis.

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