| Updated: February 19, 2018
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School Shootings This Year: How Many and Where

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School shootings—terrifying to parents and communities—always reignite polarizing debates about gun rights and school safety. Those debates often include difficult questions about restricting access to firearms, arming teachers, increasing police presence in schools, and spending money on new security measures for school buildings.

To bring context and a clearer picture to these incidents, Education Week journalists will track shootings in K-12 schools this year that involve a firearm and result in at least one shooting-related injury or death, along with other key details. (About this tracker.)

Latest Situation

On Feb. 14, a 19-year-old male with a semi-automatic rifle killed 17 people at a Parkland, Fla., high school in the nation's third-deadliest school shooting. The numbers below reflect the latest news reports. Read more.

Injuries & Deaths

Where the Shootings Happened

Size of the dots correlates to the number of victims. Click on each dot for more information.

About the Shootings

About This Tracker

This page refers to incidents where a firearm was discharged inside a K-12 school building or facility, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored event, resulting in injury or death of individuals who are not the suspect.

We will note if the suspect died as a result of the incident. We will not document suicides by firearm. Injuries include those from media or police reports; they may be minor or major and are not necessarily the result of gunfire.

Reporting & Analysis: Evie Blad, Holly Peele | Design & Visualization: Stacey Decker, Hyon-Young Kim


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