There were 317 school shootings in the United States from 2009-2019.
65 of the school shootings in this time frame were not accidents, suicides, nor external incidents. School shooting occurrence must decrease in the U.S.
School shootings are a major issue that has seen a dramatic rise in recent years. In 2021, 42 students were killed and 151 more were wounded. As of now in 2022, 161 students have either been injured or killed due to school shootings. Since 1970, there have been 2069 shootings, 684 deaths, and 1937 injured students from school shootings.
This number is projected to rise as measures to prevent school shootings continue to be delayed and disputed. Deadly school shootings have also increased due to automatic assault rifles becoming more accessible.
The median age of known school shooters in the U.S. is 16 years old, and 57% of school shooters are under 18 years old. A majority of school shooters thus acquire their firearm from their home, relatives, friends, online assembly kits, or other sources.
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Washington Post. 2018. More than 323,000 students have experienced gun violence at school since Columbine. Retrieved November 27, 2022, from https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/local/school-shootings-database/.