Is school violence on the decline?
Here is a partial listing of violence found on
school campuses this year. Those in red resulted in a fatality.
FAYETTEVILLE, NC – Unidentified male fires at a car carrying 3
students as they depart Westover High School. No one was injured.
Tacoma, WA -- A student at Foss High School was shot and killed in the
hallway of his school as classes resumed after the holiday break. His
killer is a fellow student with a history of mental illness.
MILWAUKEE, WI- A massive fight broke out today at Bradley Technical
High School. Twenty squad cars were reportedly called to the scene.
Female students fighting inside the school used their cell phones
Cincinnati, OH – A 16 year-old student fired a handgun at the
assistant principal at Taft Information Technology High School. The
boy pulled a gun out in the cafeteria. The assistant principal did not
know that he was arned when he grabbed the boy from behind.
“He flipped around, looked me straight in the eye and fired.”
The Assistant Principal ran after the student as he fled the
cafeteria. The shooter is claiming that the shot was an accident.
LAS VEGAS — Two students were wounded by gunfire in a high school
parking lot Tuesday morning, and police were searching a man seen
driving from the area. One of the wounded was targeted by the gunman.
The other was simply walking across the parking lot and was struck in
the stomach. The injured teens' wounds did not appear to be
life-threatening, authorities said.
St. Catherine, Jamaica – A 15 year-old student at Norman Manley High
School was shot by another 15 year-old student who had brought a gun
to school. Police are investigating to determine if the shot was
intentional or if the gun accidentally discharged. The inured student
was treated and released from a local hospital.
PRESCOTT, AR – Two separate incident involving
“box cutters” reported at Prescott High School and Emmett Elementary
School. Law enforcement and school officials declined to provide
local newspaper was obtained from listening to police radio traffic
using a scanner.
MOUNT CARMEL, TN - A 13-year-old Mount Carmel
student fired a BB gun at a bus with students onboard. The projectile
shattered a window and a girl on the bus suffered minor cuts. The
shooter was already suspended because of a separate disciplinary
action. The incident was not reported to police until the following
TERRE HAUTE, IN— A Terre Haute man was arrested
in Terre Haute South Vigo High School at noon Friday after he brought
a concealed 9 mm pistol into the school.
Dustin S. Carson, 21, a former South student, was
taken into police custody without incident after a student informed
the school’s office personnel that Carson may have been in possession
of a concealed gun, said Vigo County Schools Superintendent Daniel
Pittsburgh, PA -- Two students were wounded and two students
were arrested in an after school fight and shooting outside Sto-Rox
High School. At about 2:30pm shortly after classes ended, one of the
victims confronted one of the suspects about a stolen ipod. Punches
were exchanged then one of the suspects produced a revolver and fired
six shots. One student was struck by four rounds. Another student was
struck once. None of the wounds were believed to be live threatening.
Philadelphia, PA -- A student was shot in the parking lot of
Sayre High School shortly after classes started. The victim who also
had a gun, was struck twice and is undergoing surgery but is expected
to be OK. At least 11 shots were fired, probably from more than one
gun. The hospital reported that another gunshot victim had come in two
days earlier saying that he had been shot outside the same school.
Reports indicate that this school year alone 10 firearms have been
found in or around schools in the District. Last year three students
were shot streets adjacent to the school and 21 assaults were reported
including an assault on the School Resource Officer.
MONROE, NJ Parents were the real problem. A
rumor about a sniper type shooting in conjunction with a fire drill
caused over 100 parents to descend upon the school. Many of them were
speeding all the way to the entrance which was more dangerous than the
erroneous rumor. Students used their cell phones to notify parents who
panicked and rushed to the school. District policy does not allow
students to use cell phones at school. Police officers and school
officials were taken from other duties to control the crowd of
SUDBURY, MA - A
15-year old male student was fatally stabbed Friday morning at
Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High. School personnel transported the
student to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8:12am.
A 16-year old male student blurted out, “I did it.” He also asked the
police if the victim was OK. Apparently the two boys fought in the
bathroom when one produced a long knife and stabbed his classmate
twice, once in the leg and once in the heart. The suspect who is in
jail now is reported to suffer from a form of autism, and other
disorders for which he was on medication.
About 100 parents crowded around the school
wanting information and their children. All 1600 students were sent
home for the day. This affluent neighborhood is about 17 miles west of
COLUMBIA, S.C. A 17-year old student at Eau
Claire High School was found to have a knife while on a school bus.
When he refused to hand it over to teachers, the police were called
and he was arrested.
Tulsa OK—A school bus driver has been arrested
and charged with felony exhibiting obscene material to at least three
students on his bus. The material was lewd pictures of himself on his
cell phone. When arrested, police found the cell phone still on him
with the pictures still in it. District officials are recommending he
Memphis, TN--A 12 year old student was shot
Friday on his way home from school in Parkway Village. The victim told
police he was walking home with friends along Berrydale Avenue when a
group of boys fired a gun at them. The wounded student was struck in
the shoulder and neck. He was kept at a local hospital overnight. No
arrests have been made.
NORTHBORO, MA— A 16-year-old Hudson girl was
arrested yesterday after allegedly threatening in an online chat room
to kill two Melican Middle School students.
MD A 17-year old resident at Bowling Brook
Preparatory School died today after being placed in restraint by staff
members. The school operates under a contract with the state of
Maryland to educate juvenile offenders.
SAVANNAH, TN -- A 17-year-old student at Hardin
County High School is in critical condition at a Memphis hospital
after suffering an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The victim
entered a restroom in the school where he shot himself. Police have
not yet determined if the shooting was accidental or a suicide
attempt. The school was placed in Lockdown and about 750 students were
picked up early by their parents. A week earlier, a man shot and
wounded his wife then killed himself in the parking lot across the
street from the High School. The school has been in the process of
Binghamton, NY A 13-year old student at East Middle School was
struck in the side of her head by a BB after it shattered the window
of the school bus she was riding. She was taken to a hospital for
treatment. The wound was not thought to be life threatening. Quick
response by police is credited with the arrest of two juveniles. A
second bus was dispatched to complete the run with other students
MIDDLETON, NOVA SCOTIA — A group of students
brought a high school hockey game in Middleton to a halt after they
began shooting fans, players and officials with 9mm look-alike pistols
that fire hard plastic pellets. So far 5 students have been charged in
the incident. RCMP officials are concerned about the growing
inappropriate use of these guns as police could mistake them for real
guns and respond accordingly. This was the fourth similar erious
incident in recent months. These guns are similar to the one used by a
student Florida that caused a police officer to use deadly force in
response. The student died.
ROGERS, AR -- A 10-year-old girl was abducted and
raped on Eastside Elementary School campus. The girl was dropped off
at the school around 7 am to catch a bus to her school which is about
a mile away. Eastside Elementary does not open its doors until 7:15
when teachers arrive for duty. Between these times she was dragged
away and raped. The suspect who was arrested the same day is currently
on parole, probation and a suspended sentence from previous
convictions and is a Registered Sexual Offender.
TN A students at Brainerd High school brought a loaded gun to school.
School officials received a tip that the sophomore was bringing a gun
and planned to shoot people. The School Resource Officer approached
the student about the gun but he denied having one. Later he tried to
ditch the gun in a trash can. Detectives recovered it and found it was
fully loaded. The school was placed in lockdown while every student,
backpack and locker was searched to make sure there were no more
weapons. Police believe the incident was gang related.
CA – An 18 year-old male was shot and killed at Charles R. Drew
Middle School on Friday. The shooting took place in the gym after
5pnm. His identity and student status are not yet known. He was struck
multiple times by the gun fire in his upper torso. Sheriff’s Deputies
are looking for more than one attacker.
SHILOH, IL — An 8
year-old student was killed and two of his classmates seriously
injured when an automobile drove their cafeteria at Shiloh Elementary
School. The driver is 84 but police have said they do not know if her
age played a part in the accident. School was in session the following
day with counselors on hand. The hole in the cafeteria wall was
patched and students ate their meals there. Police were present to
help the students feel safer.
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