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Home | Opinion | Op-Ed: Ten years of School shootings in the United States: 2008-2018

Op-Ed: Ten years of School shootings in the United States: 2008-2018

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114 killed.

242 injured.

0 Federal laws passed to stop it.


Author: Tim Holt is an educator and writer, with over 33 years experience in education and opines on education-related topics here and on his own award-winning blog: HoltThink Read his previous columns here.

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  1. In the trenches

    Powerful. Thank you. Something to think about as we all head back to school this year: Will this year be the year El Paso is the victim of this terrorism? I am amazed that the federal government has done nothing over the years other than offer useless thoughts and even more useless prayers. God obviously ain’t helping us. We gotta solve this problem ourselves. And more guns is not the answer. That is just throwing gas on the flames.

    Is your kid next? Do you even care?

  2. All occurred in gun free zones.

    Every shooter committed felonies by bringing the gun on campus.

    • What does that mean anyway? All crime occurs where it is not supposed to happen, that is why it is called a crime. We have speed limit signs on roads, so what does that mean if someone gets into a wreck while speeding? Your argument makes no sense at all, other than it being an NRA talking point.

  3. “114 killed.
    242 injured.
    0 Federal laws passed to stop it.”

    It helps if you link to your data so that we can look at it – I pulled one randomly (actually I looked for one that had a somewhat unique name for cleaner search results), and it’s not what we think of when we think of “school shootings.” Sounds more like a fight that escalated. It’s crucial that as an educator, you teach the kids to look at and test the reliability and veracity of the underlying data first. This is a basic tenet of statistical analysis, and important to your students so that they are not mislead by special interest groups or vendors playing with the numbers. Ok, so if we take the numbers you give, and average them out over ten years, we’re looking at 11.4 deaths, 24.2 injured per year. Does that warrant federal legislation? See, that’s the problem with trying to make a statistical case – statistics are only as good as the underlying dataset, and don’t always tell the story you want them to tell.

    Here’s the one I pulled – Pull any two others at random and see what you get.

    Were we at UTEP at the same time? Your name is very, very familiar.

    • Mark,
      The point is, among others, the Federal government has done little to nothing to address the issue, other than offering thoughts and prayers.

      How many kids have to die before it “warrants” some kind of intervention? If it was your child, would you like some kind of help?

      Consider the shoe bomber…how many Americans died from someone wearing a bomb on their shoe? None. However, to this day, we still have to take our shoes off at airports before being searched at the TSA booth.

      We can legislate lots of things if we want to.

      • So what exactly, is your solution?

        • Good laugh. Based on the replies and narrative probably none. Here’s one. Since more children die every year from cell phone/texting use in car accidents than by guns let’s do a federal ban on cell phones. Much easier since it is not a right. If it will save just one life it will be worth it. The same argument the libtards use for gun control.

      • Hey Holt, are you going to be out there with your ANTIFA fascists when they come on the first of September?

  4. Hi Mark, thank you for reading the article. I pulled the data from this article and its related data source:

    The data is located here:

    Here is how they defined the term: “School shooting” since there is no single definition of it:

    “CNN reviewed hundreds of reported shootings at K-12 schools from 2009 until 2018. To compile our dataset, we primarily relied on open-source databases, news reports, calls to police departments, information on school websites and 2009-2013 data provided by the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO).

    Since there is no single definition for what qualifies as a school shooting, our team set the following parameters: The shooting must involve at least one person being shot (not including the shooter); and the shooting must occur on school property, which includes but is not limited to, buildings, athletic fields, parking lots, stadiums and buses. Our count includes accidental discharge of a firearm as long as the first two parameters are met, except in instances where the sole shooter is law enforcement or a security officer. Our count also includes injuries sustained from BB guns, since the Consumer Product Safety Commission has identified them as potentially lethal.

    To analyze the breakdown of schools, including student population and demographics, we relied on data from the US Department of Education and US Census.”

    You can look at the data yourself of course.

    Thanks again for your thoughtful comment.

    • Data from fake news CNN? The Communist News Network. So much for credibility. Specious at best. Enough said.

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