School Violence in USA


Moses Lake, Washington

02/02/1996 - 02/03/1996

-Two students and one teacher killed, one other wounded when 14-year-old Barry Loukaitis opened fire on his algebra class.

Dublane, Scotland

03/13/1996 - 03/14/1996

-16 children and one teacher killed at Dunblane Primary School by Thomas Hamilton, who then killed himself. 10 others wounded in attack.

Bethel, Alaska

02/19/1997 - 02/20/1997

-Principal and one student killed, two others wounded by Evan Ramsey, 16.

Pearl, Mississippi

10/01/1997 - 10/02/1997

-Two students killed and seven wounded by Luke Woodham, 16, who was also accused of killing his mother. He and his friends were said to be outcasts who worshiped Satan.

Columbine Shootings

04/01/1999 - 04/02/1999

-2 senior high schoolers went on a killing spree, killing 12 students, 1 teacher, and injured more than 21 students before killing themselves.

-One of the most disturbing things about the Columbine Shootings is the planning and effort that the shooters, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris put into their plan. Their original intent was to set off explosives in the school and then shoot the students as they fled the school via the entrances that they were covering. When the bombs they placed inside the school failed to detonate, they changed plans and went instead on a shooting rampage that seemed to have no rhyme or reason to it other than to kill as many people as possible.

-Investigators found things such as personal websites and blogs where they posted instructions on how to make explosives. The site also included video of the two practicing shooting.

-It was also noted by students that the shooters were not very well known or popular within the school and that they were often made fun of and ridiculed by other students. And, one of the teens had been seeing a psychiatrist for depression, suicidal thoughts, anger and more and was placed on antidepressants as a result.

Virginia Tech Massacre

04/01/07 - 04/02/07

-deadliest shooting by a single gunman in the history of the US.

-April of 2007, a Seung-Hui Cho who was a senior at Virginia Tech, killed 32 people in a matter of a couple of hours and then went on to kill himself.

-By the time the day was over, Cho had killed 27 students and 5 faculty members, wounded 17 more people with gunshots and 6 more were injured as a result of trying to escape.

-He had been diagnosed with a form of social anxiety disorder and depression in the eighth grade and went on to receive treatment for the next few years from doctors, counselors and other professionals. He voluntarily stopped receiving treatment a few years later.

Aurora, Colorado

07/20/2012 - 07/21/2012

-During a midnight screening of the film The Dark Knight Rises, a gunman opens fire on the crowded theater. At least 12 people are killed and 38 others are wounded. The suspect, James Holmes, set off a smoke device in the front of the theater before opening fire. Directly after the incident, Holmes, age 24, was arrested in a parking lot behind the theater.

Oak Creek, Wisconsin

08/05/2012 - 08/06/2012

-A gunman opens fire at a Sikh temple, killing six people and wounding three. Police shot and killed the suspect, Wade Michael Page, after the attack. Page, a neo-Nazi, served in the U.S. Army from 1992 to 1998.

Portland Oregon

12/11/12 - 12/12/12

-Jacob Tyler Roberts, 22, opened fire in the Clackamas Town Center mall, located 11 miles from downtown Portland, Oregon. Using an AR-15 semiautomatic assault rifle, Roberts killed two people and wounded one other. He then took his own life.

Sandy Hook School Shooting

12/14/2012 - 12/15/2012

-Adam Lanza, 20, killed 20 children and six others at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. He killed his mother, Nancy, at her home prior to the massacre at the school. Lanza committed suicide after the rampage. The shooting was the second deadliest in U.S. history, behind the 2007 shooting at Virginia Polytechnic Institute that claimed 32 people.