These U.S. States Have More School Shootings Than Any Other
Between 1990 and 2018, there have been 189 incidents of gun violence among k-12 schools throughout the United States. Ballotpedia has kept close track of the number of incidents, injuries, and fatalities in all 50 states. Based on the number of incidents, these are the U.S. states with more school shootings than any other (just wait till you see what state made No. 1). The number of injuries and fatalities have also been included.
Maryland has seen five school shootings since 1990 but thankfully no fatalities. 11 people have been injured in gun violence incidents at school. A shooting in 2004 left one student paralyzed. Most recently, three people were injured in a shooting at Great Mills High School in March 2018.
Next: 40% of this state’s shootings had to do with the principal.
Since 1990, Wisconsin has seen three fatalities over five different gun violence incidents. In two of Wisconsin’s incidents, the principal was the target. In 2006, a 15-year-old student in Cazenovia, Wisconsin shot and killed his principal after he was given a warning about tobacco. There were no other injuries. Another principal was wounded in a 2015 shooting but survived.
Next: This state had one very infamous shooting.
Colorado’s school gun violence incidents saw 19 fatalities, most of which came from one of the U.S.’s most infamous school shootings: The Columbine High School massacre. 12 students and one teacher were killed when two students opened fire at the high school. Both students took their own lives. It was the deadliest grade school shooting for 13 years, before Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.
Next: This state saw quite a few incidents but no fatalities.
12. North Carolina
Thankfully, North Carolina did not see fatalities in any of its six school shootings. But in one incident in 2006, the gunman did kill his father before going to school and shooting two other students. Both students recovered from their injuries. The gunman was supposedly obsessed with the Columbine High School shooting. He was sentenced to life in prison.
Next: In this state, an elementary school picnic ended in disaster.
Illinois has also seen six incidents with no fataities since 1990, but the state had more injuries than North Carolina. In one case, an attempted drive-by shooting ended up wounding two young students who were attending an elementary school picnic. All three men involved in the shooting were charged with attempted first-degree murder.
Next: This state saw four fatalities in its six gun-related incidents.
Tennessee saw four fatalities among its six school shootings. In one incident, a principal was killed by a 15-year-old student. During a separate incident, two men got in a fight over a girl they had both dated, and one shot and killed the other. In 1995, a 17-year-old shot and killed a teacher and a fellow student; he was upset over bad grades and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Next: This state had a surprising number of suicides on school grounds.
Texas has seen several school shootings since 1999, but they’re not like the others. Actually, most of the incidents were suicides. In May 2017, a high school principal took his own life in his truck in the school parking lot. Back in October 2013, a student took his own life in front of fellow students. In 2016, a student committed suicide in a school bathroom after shooting another student; the other student survived. In a separate incident, Jeremy Wade Delle took his own life in front of his English class in 1991. His death was the inspiration for the Pearl Jam song Jeremy.
Next: This state saw one incident that injured dozens of students.
Many people were injured in Oregon’s seven school shootings, but most occurred on the day of the Thurston school shooting in 1998. Kip Kinkel, a 15-year-old student who had been expelled from Thurston High School, took his parents’ lives before he drove to the school and opened fire. Two students were killed and 25 were injured. His spree ended when he stopped to reload and was tackled by two students. He was sentenced to 111 years in prison.
Next: An Amish community was rocked after a shooting in this state.
Although Pennsylvania and Oregon had the same number of incidents, Pennsylvania saw more fatalities, giving it the No. 7 spot on the list. In one incident at a one-room Amish school, a 32-year-old man took 10 girls hostage and shot eight of them, killing five. He then turned the gun on himself. It shocked the Amish community and all of Lancaster County.
Next: This state saw the youngest shooting victim ever.
Of Michigan’s nine incidents, one stands out among the others. In 2000, six-year-old Dedrick Owens shot and killed a fellow student, Kayla Rolland, at his elementary school. He then threw the gun in the trash and ran to the bathroom. Since he was so young, he was not charged with a crime. But police discovered that the boy and his brother had been living in a crack house. His mother had been evicted and his father was in jail. It raised awareness for social services; the boy was not getting the help he needed.
Next: Three out of this state’s five incidents resulted in fatalities.
In 2012, Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio was forever changed when a 17-year-old student started shooting. He killed three students and injured an additional three. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Ohio has seen nine total incidents since 1990; three incidents resulted in fatalities.
Next: This state has incredibly loose gun laws compared to some states.
Washington schools have seen several gun violence incidents since 1990. In 2008, a man waiting to pick up a student in a middle school parking lot was fatally shot by a 16-year-old in a gang-related incident. In 2012, an 8-year-old student was accidentally shot when another student dropped his backpack, which contained a gun. The injuries were not fatal.
Next: This state had many incidents but thankfully few fatalities.
Georgia has seen the third-highest number of school shootings since 1990, but most resulted in injuries only. In one case in 2012, a student committed suicide in a school bathroom. Back in 1999, a 15-year-old student entered Heritage High School in Conyers, Georgia, and opened fire, injuring six students. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison but was released in 2016 on parole.
Next: This state saw the worst high school shooting in U.S. history.
Since 1990, Florida has seen 15 incidents of gun violence at its schools. But it’s the Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that changed the course of history. 17 people were killed and more than a dozen injured when Nikolas Cruz opened fire before fleeing the scene. It is the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history, and the second deadliest k-12 shooting behind Sandy Hook. Since then, students have participated in gun control protests throughout the country, hoping to prevent another incident.
Next: This state had fewer fatalities than Florida, but more incidents.
California takes the No. 1 spot on the list. Between 1990 and April 2018, there have been 19 gun-related incidents at California k-12 schools. Although there were few mass shootings (at least four victim fatalities), the state still saw 16 fatalities and 47 injuries. In one situation, the shooter, 20 years old at the time, was sentenced to death. He had killed three students and injured one teacher in 1992.
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