With another school shooting in Nashville, Tennessee, yesterday, U.S. schools remain the most vulnerable institutions regarding gun violence. While 2023 has already witnessed over 100 cases of mass shootings, school shootings have only seemed to increase since 1999.
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nothing fucking changes. pic.twitter.com/VzzGZ2R4wc
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) May 29, 2022
Here is a look back at America’s deadliest school shootings.
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Columbine High School Massacre
It’s hard to believe it’s been 23 years since the shooting at Columbine High School. It was then the worst school shooting our country had ever seen—we’ve had too many worsts since.
Today and always, my heart is with Littleton. I will never stop fighting for a safer future. pic.twitter.com/56ORakpgSc
— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) April 20, 2022
The Columbine High School massacre took place on 20th April 1999. The perpetrators were Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold- two twelfth-grade students from the school. They shot and killed a teacher and 12 students. They injured twenty-one people, after which Harris and Klebold committed suicide in the school library. They had planned to detonate propane bombs within the school cafeteria. However, when the bombs failed to set off, the two boys set off on their gun rampage. This shooting is considered one of the most dangerous school shootings in the country, having inspired numerous copycat shooters.
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Virginia Tech Shooting
"They were students, educators, sons, daughters, husbands, wives, friends…They had lives ahead of them. Today, 15 years later, we remember the 32 people killed in the mass shooting at [VA] Tech & we renew our pledge to prevent gun violence"- @RepDonBeyer https://t.co/Y1nU3Qc074 pic.twitter.com/xTfiU59rDy
— Blue Virginia (@bluevirginia) April 16, 2022
Attracting international media coverage, the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University shooting was carried out by undergraduate student Seung-Hui Chong. On 16th April 2007, he opened fire with two semi-automatic pistols, killing thirty-two people and severely injuring seventeen others. Six more people were injured while jumping out of the university window to escape the gunman. After chaining down several doors and killing numerous people, Seung-Hu Chong died by suicide.
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Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting
Today marks 8 years since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. A gunman used an AR-15 to kill 20 children and 7 adults.
￼◾️Over 26,200 children in the U.S. have killed or wounded by gun violence.
￼◾️At least 1,271 children killed by guns in 2020 alone. pic.twitter.com/ooGBSt9M5a
— AJ+ (@ajplus) December 14, 2020
On 14th December 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza opened fire at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Lanza had attended Sandy Hook as a boy. He was responsible for gunning down twenty-first grader children, all six to seven, and six other staff members. This is considered the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. This incident was also addressed by then-President Barack Obama, who then called for stricter gun regulations.
Robb Elementary School Shooting
"She is our hero." The last patient injured in the Uvalde school shooting has been discharged from University Health in San Antonio, Texas. As she left the hospital, she passed out roses to staff members. https://t.co/C7dRBdv2Lc pic.twitter.com/lpSYyFSeIq
— ABC News (@ABC) July 30, 2022
Since Sandy Hook, the Robb Elementary School shooting on 24th May last year is considered the deadliest grade school shooting in the U.S. On a fateful day in Uvalde, Texas, a former student of the school, Salvador Ramos, 18, opened fire, leading to the death of nineteen students and two teachers. He was killed in a police crossfire after the police had to wait more than an hour to breach the classroom.
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West Nickel Mines School Shooting
Today we remember the tragic shooting at West Nickel Mines. Naomi Rose Ebersol, 7; Marian Stoltzfus Fisher, 13; Anna Mae Stoltzfus, 12; Lena Zook Miller, 8; and Mary Liz Miller, 7. #NeverForget #TuesdayThoughts pic.twitter.com/Xm4Ph79vJx
— Amye Archer (@AmyeArcher) October 2, 2018
On 2nd October 2006, Charles Carl Roberts killed five female students in an Amish schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. After entering the school, the gunman ordered all male students and staff to vacate the school. He then held eleven female students hostage, in the classroom. After tying them up and calling them to face against a blackboard, Charles shot all eleven of them, killing five. Following this, he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.