ScienceHere's what scientists know about mass school shootings

Here’s what scientists know about mass school shootings



When the Columbine High School massacre took place in 1999 (opens in new tab) it was seen as a watershed moment in the United States — the worst mass shooting at a school in the country’s history.

Now, it ranks fourth. The three school shootings to surpass its death toll of 13 — 12 students, one teacher — have all taken place within the last decade: 2012’s Sandy Hook Elementary attack (opens in new tab), in which a gunman killed 26 children and school staff; the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which claimed the lives of 17 people (opens in new tab); and now the Robb Elementary School assault in Uvalde, Texas (opens in new tab), where on May 24, 2022, at least 19 children and two adults were murdered.



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