The school shooting trend just this year alone has already sparked quite a controversy in the country. In fact, this year witnessed the most talked about anti-school shooting movement, March for Our Lives, which led to a nationwide protest among students and teachers alike. Even debates that call out the NRA and promote gun reforms have divided the country – one side wants to ensure safety against gun violence while the other side wants to protect its basic right according to the Second Amendment.
Just how often did the school shooting happen that it increased the collective call for gun reforms? Gun violence has been so rampant that just releasing a music video tackling the said theme can cause such a hype in the entertainment industry. The list below will tell you when, where, and what school shootings occurred since the beginning of 2018. Take note that the list consists of reported school shootings which have a student as either the victim or the shooter, and occurs within the premises of the school.
Winston Salem, North Carolina (Jan 20)
Najee Ali Baker, a Winston-Salem State University football player, was shot to death at a party on Wake Forest University campus.
Italy, Texas (Jan 22)
A 15-year-old student was wounded in a high school shooting incident. The suspect, also 15, was quickly apprehended.
Benton, Kentucky (Jan 23)
A 15-year-old student shot 16 people at Marshall County High School. Two 15-year-olds were killed.
Los Angeles (Feb 1)
A 12-year-old girl “unintentionally” discharged a gun at Sal Castro Middle School, shooting a 15-year-old boy in the head and injuring a 15-year-old girl.
Oxon Hill, Maryland (Feb 5)
A non-fatal shooting at the parking lot of Oxon Hill High School injured a teenage student, who was treated and later released.
Nashville, Tennessee (Feb 9)
A 17-year-old was shot five times in the parking lot of Pearl-Cohn High School. The suspect was a 14-year-old.
Parkland, Florida (Feb 14)
Using a rifle, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz gunned down students and staff of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, leading to at least 17 deaths.
Norfolk, Virginia (Feb 27)
A Norfolk State Uni student was shot while doing homework. The injury was not life-threatening.
Jackson, Mississippi (Mar 7)
A student was shot inside a Jackson State Uni dorm. The injuries were not life-threatening.
Birmingham, Alabama (Mar 7)
An accidental shooting at Huffman High School resulted to one student dead and another critically wounded.
Seaside, California (Mar 13)
During a public safety class at Seaside High School, a teacher accidentally discharged a gun, injuring a student.
Lexington Park, Maryland (Mar 20)
An 17-year-old armed student fired at Great Mills High School before being engaged by a school resource officer. Two students were shot, with one being taken off life support two days later.
Gloversville, New York (Apr 9)
Using a BB gun, a 16-year-old student shot another student in the Gloversville Middle School.
Ocala, Florida (Apr 20)
A 19-year-old former student of Forest High School shot a 17-year-old student of the said school at the ankle shortly before students were to take part in a national protest against gun violence.
Palmdale, California (May 11)
A 14-year-old former student of Highland High fired rounds at the said school shortly before classes were scheduled to begin, injuring a 15-year-old boy.
Santa Fe, Texas (May 18)
17-year-old shooter Dimitrios Pagourtzis killed 10 students and injured 10 others in Santa Fe High School.
Noblesville, Indiana (May 25)
A shooting at a Noblesville, Indiana middle school left three people injured, including one adult.
***This list will be updated from time to time.
Since the beginning of this year, there has been a lot of shootings within school grounds. For the safety of the students and teachers in the academic institution, is gun reform really necessary now? Where do you stand?