School Shootings

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School Shootings This Year: How Many and Where
Education Week is tracking K-12 school shootings in 2022 with injuries or deaths. See the number of incidents and where they occurred.
A man in a black polo shirt with short sleeves holds up a hand gun in front of a projector screen that shows a diagram of a gun with labeled parts.
Clark Aposhian, president of Utah Shooting Sport Council, holds a pistol during concealed weapons training for 200 Utah teachers, in West Valley City, Utah.
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School Climate & Safety A Pair of Retired Military Officers Makes a Case Against Arming Teachers
Their comments come on a call organized by a national teachers' union pushing back against the school safety strategy.
Evie Blad, September 12, 2022
3 min read
Football players are silhouetted as they practice in the early morning sun at Cooper High School in Abilene, Texas, Monday, Aug. 8, 2022. It was the first day for Cooper varsity practice.
Football players are silhouetted as they practice in the early morning sun at Cooper High School in Abilene, Texas.
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School Climate & Safety How the Uvalde Tragedy Is Affecting Texas High School Football Games, Stadium Security
Texas school administrators are reevaluating their in-school and extracurricular security policies and instituting new ones.
Lia Assimakopoulos, The Dallas Morning News, August 24, 2022
8 min read
A photo of former Columbine High School principal Frank DeAngelis, a man with a dark beard and brown eyes. He is seated in a dark brown jacket, resting his fingers on his temple while having a conversation.
Former Columbine High School principal Frank DeAngelis is part of a network of school leaders who've led schools during and after shootings. They have released a guide for recovery to help their peers facing similar situations.
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School & District Management Principals Who Led Schools After Shootings Say Helping Peers Is Part of Their Own Recovery
Creating a network of support for other leaders who experience school violence gives them purpose.
Evie Blad, August 22, 2022
3 min read
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School & District Management A Principal's Guide to Recovery After a School Shooting
Principals who led schools during or in the aftermath of a shooting wrote a guidebook of advice and lessons learned.
Denisa R. Superville, August 22, 2022
7 min read
Palm trees are visible around the water tower in Uvalde, Texas, on July 20, 2022.
Palm trees surround the water tower in Uvalde, Texas. The town is the site of one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history.
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Equity & Diversity In Uvalde, Pain Where There Once Was Pride
Past and present residents of Uvalde, Texas, recount a deeper story of Robb Elementary—one that began years before the May 24 mass shooting.
Ileana Najarro, August 16, 2022
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Rachel Martinez carries her son and a protest sign as she attends a city council meeting in Uvalde, Texas. A preliminary report into the shooting that killed 19 students and two teacher at Robb Elementary School Texas lawmaker says surveillance video from the school hallway at Robb Elementary School where police waited as a gunman opened fire in a fourth-grade classroom will be shown this weekend to residents of Uvalde.
Rachel Martinez carries her son and a protest sign as she attends a city council meeting held in the aftermath of the school shooting at Robb Elementary School that killed 19 students and two teachers.
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School Climate & Safety The Uvalde School Shooting: 4 Key Takeaways for Educators From the First Inquiry
A preliminary investigation by Texas officials identified concerns with communication, lockdown procedures, and police response.
Evie Blad, July 18, 2022
8 min read
Parkland survivor and activist David Hogg speaks to the crowd during in the second March for Our Lives rally in support of gun control on Saturday, June 11, 2022, in Washington. The rally is a successor to the 2018 march organized by student protestors after the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla.
Parkland survivor and activist David Hogg speaks to the crowd during the second March for Our Lives rally in support of gun control on June 11 in Washington.
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School Climate & Safety Teachers and Students Must Join Forces to Fight Gun Violence, Advocates Say
Student activist David Hogg was among those who called for educators to join in the fight for gun control.
Madeline Will, July 16, 2022
5 min read
President Joe Biden speaks during an event to celebrate the passage of the "Bipartisan Safer Communities Act," a law meant to reduce gun violence, on the South Lawn of the White House, Monday, July 11, 2022, in Washington.
President Joe Biden speaks at the White House during an event commemorating passage of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, a law meant to reduce gun violence.
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School Climate & Safety Biden Decries School Shootings at White House Event Marking New Gun Measure
The president was interrupted at one point by a father whose son was killed in the shooting in Parkland, Fla., who demanded more be done.
Mark Walsh, July 11, 2022
4 min read
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School Climate & Safety School Crime and Safety: What a Decade of Federal Data Show
Cyberbullying, behavioral issues, and shootings were among the top concerns in a report through 2019-20 school year.
Libby Stanford, July 8, 2022
5 min read
Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at an event in New Orleans, Saturday, July 2, 2022.
Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at an event in New Orleans, Saturday, July 2, 2022.
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Teaching Profession You Shouldn't Have to Treat Gunshot Wounds, Kamala Harris Tells Teachers
The vice president also unveiled a new tutoring initiative and underscored the administration's goal of higher pay for teachers.
Madeline Will, July 5, 2022
4 min read
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School Climate & Safety From Our Research Center 'The World Feels Less Stable': Educators' Sense of School Safety Right Now
6 in 10 educators said a mass shooting by a student or outsider was their biggest source of fear.
Catherine Gewertz, June 23, 2022
7 min read
Protesters hold up a sign that shows the outline of a rifle struck through with a yellow line at a demonstration in support of stronger gun laws.
Protesters gather for the March For Our Lives rally in Detroit, among the demonstrations against gun violence held on the heels of recent mass shootings in Buffalo, N.Y., and Uvalde, Texas.
KT Kanazawich for Education Week
Federal What Educators Need to Know About Senators' Bipartisan Deal on Guns, School Safety
In addition to gun restrictions, a tentative compromise would also fund mental health and school safety programs—but it faces hurdles.
Evie Blad, June 13, 2022
4 min read
61322 Graduation Cap Florida BS 7
Jonathon Parker, pictured on the chair, should have walked across the graduation stage with classmates from the Deer Valley High School Class of 2022 last week in Antioch, Calif. But he was shot and killed by another student more than two years ago in the school parking lot.
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School Climate & Safety The Lost Graduate: Remembering a Student Gunned Down at School
California teen Jonathon Parker and two Michigan teenagers should have graduated this year, but they were killed by gun attacks at school.
Catherine Gewertz, June 13, 2022
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Jecholiah Marriott, 17, a junior at Cass Technical High School, leads the March for Our Lives rally through the streets of downtown Detroit, Mich. on June 11, 2022. The rally was to protest the spike in gun violence, especially in schools across the country.
Jecholiah Marriott, 17, leads the March for Our Lives rally through the streets of downtown Detroit on June 11.
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School Climate & Safety A New Generation of Youth Activists Asks a Familiar Question: How Many More Students Must Die?
Detroit high school students pick up the reins of the March For Our Lives movement after another stunning spate of gun violence.
Williamena Kwapo, June 11, 2022
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