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The Parkland School Shooting: Complete Coverage

On Feb. 14, 2018, a former student opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., killing 17 and sending hundreds fleeing into the streets. It would become the third-deadliest school shooting in the nation's history. (February 15, 2018)

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The Parkland School Shooting: Complete Coverage
On Feb. 14, 2018, a former student opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., killing 17 and sending hundreds fleeing into the streets. It would become the third-deadliest school shooting in the nation's history.

The Newtown School Shootings
Education Week's coverage of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and their aftermath.

A Lingering Shame: Sexual Abuse of Students by School Employees
This special collection of stories assembles reporting on a problem that is only sporadically recognized as a national issue.

Columbine: 10 Years Later
A decade on, this collection looks at the events, survivors, and lessons gleaned from the attack at a Colorado high school.

The Virginia Tech Shootings
The mass slaying at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute revived vexing questions and raised familiar fears for K-12 educators across the country.

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Student activists are using the 19th anniversary of Columbine—the mass school shooting that changed how America viewed school safety—to stage mass walkouts in calls for reducing gun violence.
April 19, 2018 – Education Week
Two students who survived the deadly mass shooting this year at a Florida high school have a book deal.
April 18, 2018 – AP
School leaders worry about students and social media. But most don’t feel fully prepared to tackle the challenge, a new Education Week Research Center survey found.
April 18, 2018 – Education Week
The Wyoming school district where U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos suggested last year that teachers might need to be armed to protect children from grizzly bears is about to vote on doing just that.
April 17, 2018 – AP
While mass shootings dominate headlines, smaller incidents of gun violence in school can also traumatize students and staff and upend their sense of safety, as one teacher learned firsthand.
April 13, 2018 – Education Week
Many schools treat students with mental-health issues reactively, rather than proactively, write Catherine A. Hogan & Laura F. Main.
April 13, 2018 – Education Week
Florida's new program to arm school employees is getting stiff-armed by the board overseeing the school where a teenager with an assault rifle killed 17 people.
April 11, 2018 – AP
April 11, 2018 – Education Week
Federal data show that U.S. public schools have gotten safer in recent years even as public perception may suggest otherwise.
April 11, 2018 – Education Week
To improve student safety, districts can learn lessons from schools who have successfully stopped acts of violence, write three school-safety experts.
April 11, 2018 – Education Week

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