WaPo More than 210,000 students have experienced gun violence at school since Columbine

beSpacific 2018-05-20

The wider more accurate statistics and graphics on how gun violence has impacted students in American schools since Columbine [1999]: “The Washington Post has spent the past year determining how many children have been exposed to gun violence during school hours since the Columbine High massacre in 1999. Beyond the dead and wounded, children who witness the violence or cower behind locked doors to hide from it can be profoundly traumatized. The federal government does not track school shootings, so The Post pieced together its numbers from news articles, open-source databases, law enforcement reports and calls to schools and police departments. The children impacted grew with each round of reporting: from 135,000 students in at least 164 primary and secondary schools to more than 187,000 on 193 campuses. Since March, The Post has taken a closer look at states with fewer local news sources and searched more deeply for less visible public suicides and accidents that led to injury. The count now stands at more than 214,000 children at 216 schools. The Post has found that at least 141 children, educators and other people have been killed in assaults, and another 284 have been injured. In 2018 alone, there have already been 16 shootings — the highest number at this point during any year since 1999. Still, school shootings remain rare, and only a tiny percentage of the tens of millions of students in America ever experience them. The most recent school shooting was 2 days ago. Even as the list of incidents has expanded, however, the trend lines have remained consistent…”

  • “Among The Post’s most important findings: the disproportionate impact of school shootings on children of color.”
  • See also NYT: New Reality for High School Students: Calculating the Risk of Getting Shot and Young People Keep Marching After Parkland, This Time to Register to Vote“The pace of new voter registrations among young people in crucial states is accelerating, a signal that school shootings this year — and the anger and political organizing in their wake — may prove to be more than ephemeral displays of activism…If voters in their teens and 20s vote in greater numbers than usual, as many promised during nationwide marches for gun control this spring, the groundswell could affect close races in key states like Arizona and Florida, where there will be competitive races for governor, the Senate and a number of House districts in November…”