TAMPA, FLORIDA (AFP) – Mass shootings at US schools are rising rapidly, killing more people in the last 18 years than in the entire 20th century, said a study on Thursday (April 19).
The report in the Journal of Child and Family Studies tallied mass shootings – events when at least one shooter intentionally killed or injured at least four others – and death tolls at US schools for children and teens aged five to 18, going back to 1940.
The study excluded gang shootings and any shootings that occurred at universities.
“The United States had no mass school shootings that fit our criteria until 1940, when a junior high school principal killed the superintendent, the high school principal, the district business manager, and two teachers, before attempting suicide, because he thought he was going to be fired at the end of the school year,” said the report.
Researchers found no mass school shootings in the 1950s and 1960s, followed by “a steady increase beginning with a school shooting in 1979 orchestrated by a 16-year-old female with mental health issues who began shooting at an elementary school, killing two adults and injuring eight students and one adult”, it said.
Since then, the 1990s were a peak period, when …