The Absolute Worst School Shootings in American History

Collectively, the nation is fed up with school shootings. Homes are ripped apart, children and faculty members are apprehensive to go to school, and U.S. citizens are tired of the lack of action to prevent these horrendous massacres.

Furthermore, the NRA backs many politicians, and the division over gun control appears to be ripping the nation in half. Regardless of which side you land, paying homage and honoring those who have lost their lives in school shootings is a necessity. Here are the absolute worst school shootings in U.S. history.

1. Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech shooting

Cho had problems with mental health. | Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images

  • Occurred: April 16, 2007
  • Fatalities: 32
  • Injuries: 17

When Seung-Hui Cho marched onto Virginia Tech’s campus to carry out the most deadly school shooting in U.S. history, warning signs had been noticed. His roommates had reported suicidal references, and Cho was ordered to Carilion-St. Alban’s mental health facility for an assessment of his overall stability. That was in December 2005. Nevertheless, Cho was able to purchase firearms and ammunition after this evaluation, which he used to kill 32 people and injure 17.

Next: This small town will never be the same.

2. Sandy Hook Elementary

Sandy Hook Shooting

The horrifying attack was one of the most deadly school shootings to date. | Win McNamee/Getty Images

  • Occurred: Dec. 14, 2012
  • Fatalities: 26
  • Injuries: 2

In Newtown, Connecticut, 20-year-old Adam Lanza first killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, before driving to Sandy Hook Elementary school. He continued a deadly rampage upon entering the school. He fired his weapons, killing 20 students and six faculty members, prior to taking his own life. During his attack, two other innocent bystanders were injured.

Next: Will this be the last mass school shooting?

3. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Shooting At High School In Parkland, Florida Injures Multiple People

The shooter was eventually captured. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

  • Occurred: Feb. 14, 2018
  • Fatalities: 17
  • Injuries: 14

The Parkland, Florida, community — along with the nation — has been in turmoil and devastation since Valentine’s Day 2018. Authorities had been warned of Nikolas Cruz’s dangerous behavior far before he purchased his assault rifle and ammunition. Cruz took an Uber to his former high school where he killed 17, injured 14, and then fled the scene. Cruz was apprehended outside of a McDonald’s.

Next: Columbine was not the first school shooting to make headlines.

4. UT Tower Shooting

University of Texas Tower

He killed his mother and wife first. | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

  • Occurred: Aug. 1, 1966
  • Fatalities: 14
  • Injuries: 31

The first mass shooting of such caliber took place at the University of Texas Tower in Austin. Charles Whitman was a 25-years-old ex-Marine sharpshooter. He first killed his mother and wife prior to ascending to the top of the tower to kill innocent passersby on the UT campus. The killing spree was 96 minutes long with Whitman using five different firearms. This shooting marked the beginning of what now is considered an epidemic in the United States: mass school shootings.

Next: This is one of the best known school shootings.

5. Columbine High School

Columbine Killers Practice Shooting At Rifle Range

It was one of the first and best known shootings. | Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department via Getty Images

  • Occurred: April 20, 1999
  • Fatalities: 13
  • Injuries: 24

In March 1998, the parents of Columbine student Brooks Brown filed a complaint with the local sheriff’s office against Eric Harris. Harris had made threats via the internet that he wanted to kill Brown and others. When Harris and Dylan Klebold entered Columbine High School on a spring day, they were equipped with guns and bombs, which they used to kill 13 people and injure 24 others. The shooters then killed themselves. After the fact, video footage was found of Harris and Klebold explaining their plans and apologizing to their families.

Next: A shooter who targeted Christians and devastated a community

6. Umpqua Community College

Shooting At Umpqua Community College In Oregon Leaves 10 Dead, Including Shooter

The shooter was primarily targeting Christians. | Scott Olson/Getty Images

  • Occurred: Oct. 1, 2015
  • Fatalities: 10
  • Injuries: 7

When 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer entered Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, he was primarily targeting Christians. Luckily, law enforcement was able to respond quickly and prevent this massacre from becoming even more devastating. Although the shooter was equipped with plenty of ammunition and body armor, he ended up turning his weapon on himself once authorities fired back.

Next: A shooting that remains the biggest massacre in this state’s history

7. Red Lake High School

Red Lake high school

There were nine fatalities. | Jeff Haynes/AFP/Getty Images

  • Occurred: March 21, 2005
  • Fatalities: 9

Sixteen-year-old Jeffrey Weise first killed his grandfather, a tribal police officer, and his grandfather’s companion. Weise then stole his grandfather’s weapons and squad car and drove to Red Lake High School to commence a school shooting. Upon his arrival, Weise killed seven more individuals before turning the gun on himself. Thankfully, tribal police officers of the reservation responded quickly to prevent an even worse massacre.

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