- The Washington Times
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

A record number of school shootings were reported in the 2018-19 school year, according to a report released by the Justice and Education departments Wednesday.

During that school year, a total of 99 shootings were reported, the most since the 2017-18 year when 78 shootings took place.

Among the shootings that occurred in the 2018-19 school year, 29 resulted in deaths, 37 resulted in injuries only and 33 resulted in no casualties.

During the 2018-19 school year, 101 students were killed in shootings. That represents a marked decline from 2017-18 when 176 students died in school shootings.

Although there were fewer overall shootings in the 2017-18 year, the carnage was greater, fueled by double-digit deaths in shootings in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Parkland, Florida.

Nearly one-third of the shootings reported in the 2018-19 school year was the escalation of a dispute between the victim and the shooter. An additional nine were accidental, and seven were a suicide or suicide attempt.

The numbers were revealed in the Indicators of School Crime report, which was authored by the Department of Education and Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs.

The report covers public and private schools, and elementary and secondary schools.

Most of the shootings in 2018-19 occurred at high schools or other schools ending in grade 12. All told, 53 high schools reported shootings in 2018-19, compared to 31 primary schools, 12 middle schools and three schools of other types.

The 99 shootings represent a significant jump from the 2017-18 school year when 78 occurred resulting in 21 deaths and 37 injuries.

Between 2014 and 2017, the number of school shootings averaged in the high 30s, the report found.

“School shootings are of high concern to all those interested in the safety of our nation’s students,” the report’s authors wrote.

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