Oregon Tragedy 74th School Shooting Since Sandy Hook
A shooting that left a student and the gunman dead at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon is the 74th school shooting since the tragic 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. That shooting claimed 26 lives, 20 of them children, and while the full list includes non-fatal incidents in which a gun was fired in schools nationwide, the numbers are startling to parents, students, and educators alike–New York magazine reports that the figures amount to a shooting once every eight days:
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In 2014 so far, there have been 37 school shootings. As of February, about half of the incidents were fatal.
Georgia tops the dishonorable list, with ten shootings reported since Newtown, while Florida is next with seven. Overall, 31 states are represented on the list.
The numbers, compiled by Everytown for Gun Safety, which has the full list, include any time, fatal or not, “a firearm was discharged inside a school building or on school or campus grounds, as documented in publicly reported news accounts,” and therefore may actually be under-counting.