Gunfire on Schools

Gunfire on School Grounds in the United States

School shootings—terrifying to students, educators, parents, and communities—always reignite polarizing debates about gun rights and school safety. To bring context to these debates, Education Week journalists began tracking shootings on K-12 school property that resulted in firearm-related injuries or deaths.

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Gunfire on School Grounds in the United States

Everytown for Gun Safety started tracking incidents of gunfire on school grounds in 2013 to gain a better understanding of how often children and teens are affected by gun violence at their schools and colleges, and in response to a lack of research and data on the issue.

 

Everytown tracks every time a firearm discharges a live round inside or into a school building or on or onto a school campus or grounds, as documented by the press. Incidents in which guns were brought into schools but not discharged are not included. The map reflects incidents that resulted in death or injury—as well as those in which no one was injured. Media reports are the primary source of the information provided. We conduct an annual, comprehensive review of our database, which incorporates new information that may have emerged since we originally tracked the incidents as well as any new incidents that weren’t initially identified but found through later research.

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Facts About Gun Violence And School Shootings.

Gun violence and school shootings...

...are a uniquely American epidemic. Sandy Hook Promise is shining a light on these important facts and statistics. 

1. EACH DAY 8 children die 

from gun violence in America. Another 32 are shot and injured.

Guns used in about 68% of gun-related incidents at schools were taken from the home, a friend or a relative.

A study found that 77% of active shooters spent a week or longer planning their attack.

70% of people who die by suicide tell someone their plans or give some other type of warning signs.

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The school shooting generation grows up

After coming of age in a world wholly unprepared to deal with the aftermath of mass school shootings, an early wave of survivors is now in their 30s and 40s, grappling with the present.

There’s no real guidebook for recovering from what they experienced. What distinguishes the thousands of survivors of the early wave of school mass shootings from those who came after is that they experienced those shootings in a world wholly unprepared to deal with the aftermath. Few got the mental health treatment now considered necessary for survivors of mass violence. As a result, many were left on their own, to process their trauma in the countless years — and school shootings — since.

Each survivor was trying to make sense of an experience with mass tragedy with a brain that was still developing. They’d spend years processing and reprocessing the trauma as they got older. Experts still don’t have a complete picture of the different ways that brain development can affect the processing of trauma.

Mass shooting trauma can be different from the kind of trauma experienced after natural disasters, because the traumatic event was caused by another person. “You have more individuals that may develop something like PTSD, depression, or anxiety following a man-made disaster.

It's Hard to heal from things that you-re consistently and constantly reminded of.

 

"The is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: 'I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. '" "Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise." "And the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all." 2 Kings 20:5