List of Total School Shootings 1700 to date...
History of School Shootings in the United States
A Fairly good list of School Schootings in history.. Never forget the ones
we have lost and those that have survived.
The earliest known United States shooting to happen on school property was
the Pontiac's Rebellion school massacre on July 26, 1764, where four Lenape
American Indian entered the schoolhouse near present-day Greencastle, Pennsylvania,
shot and killed schoolmaster Enoch Brown, and killed nine or ten children (reports
vary). Only two children survived.
• November 2, 1853 Louisville, Kentucky A student, Matthew Ward, bought
a self-cocking pistol in the morning, went to school and killed Schoolmaster
Mr. Butler for excessively punishing his brother the day before. Even though
he shot the Schoolmaster point blank in front of his classmates, he was acquitted.
An April 30, 1866 editorial in the New York Times argued against students carrying
pistols, citing "...pistols being dropped on the floor at balls or being
exploded in very inconvenient ways. A boy of 12 has his pantaloons made with
a pistol pocket; and this at a boarding-school filled with boys, who, we suppose,
do or wish to do the same thing. We would advise parents to look into it, and
learn whether shooting is to be a part of the scholastic course which may be
practiced on their boys; or else we advise them to see that their own boys are
properly armed with the most approved and deadly-pistol, and that there may
be an equal chance at least of their shooting as of being shot."
• June 8, 1867 New York City At Public School No. 18, a 13 year old lad
brought a pistol loaded and capped, without the knowledge of his parents or
school-teachers, and shot and injured a fellow classmate.
• December 22, 1868 Chattanooga, Tennessee A boy who refused to be whipped
and left school, returned with his brother and a friend, the next day to seek
revenge on his teacher. Not finding the teacher at the school, they continued
to his house, where a gun battle rang out, leaving three dead. Only the brother
• March 9, 1873 Salisbury, Maryland After school as Miss Shockley was
walking with four small children, she was approached by a Mr. Hall and shot.
The Schoolmaster ran out, but she was dead instantly. Hall threw himself under
a train that night.
• May 24, 1879 Lancaster, New York As the carriage loaded with female
students was pulling out of the school's stables, Frank Shugart a telegraph
operator shot and severely injured Mr. Carr, Superintendent of the stables.
• March 6, 1884 Boston, Massachusetts As news of Jesse James reached the
east coast, young kids started to act in the same manner. An article from the
New York Times reads, "Another "Jesse James" Gang - "Word
was brought to the Fifth Police Station to-night that a number of boys were
using the Concord-street School-house for some unknown purpose, and a posse
of officers was sent to investigate. The gang scattered at the approach of the
police, and in their flight on drew a revolver and fired at Officer Rowan, without
effect, however. William Nangle, age 14, and Sidney Duncan, age 12, were captured,
but the other five or six escaped, among them the one who who did the shooting.
The boys refused to disclose the object of their meeting, but it is thought
that another "Jesse James" organization has been broken up."
• March 15, 1884 Gainsville, Georgia In the middle of the day, a group
of very drunk Jackson County farmers left the Jug Tavern drinking and shooting
their revolvers as they headed down the street driving people into their homes.
As they approached the female academy, the girls fled the schoolyard into the
school where the gang followed swearing and shooting, firing several rounds
into the front door. No one was hurt.
• July 4, 1886 Charleston, South Carolina During Sunday school, Emma Connelly
shot and killed John Steedley for "circulating slanderous reports"
about her, even though her brother publicly whipped him a few days earlier.
• April 12, 1887 Watertown, New York Edwin Bush, a student a the Potsdam
Normal School committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.
• June 12, 1887 Cleveland, Tennessee Will Guess went to the school and
fatally shot Miss Irene Fann, his little sister's teacher, for whipping her
the day before.
• June 13, 1889 New Brunswick, New Jersey Charles Crawford upset over
an argument with a school Trustee, went up to the window and fired a pistol
into a crowded school room. The bullet lodged in the wall just above the teacher's
The first known mass shooting in the U.S. where students were shot, was
on April 9, 1891, when 70 year old, James Foster fired a shotgun at a group
of students in the playground of St. Mary's Parochial School, Newburgh, New
York, causing minor injuries to several of the students. The majority of
attacks during this time period by students on other students or teacher, usually
involved stabbing with knives, or hitting with stones.
There are very seldom reports of mass or multiple school shootings during the
first three decades of the 20th Century, with the three most violent attacks
on schools involving either arson or explosions.
February 26, 1902 Camargo, Illinois teacher Fletcher R. Barnett shot and killed
another teacher, Eva C. Wiseman, in front of her class at a school near Camargo,
Illinois. After shooting at a pupil who came to help Miss Wiseman and wounding
himself in a failed suicide attempt he waited in the classroom until a group
of farmers came to lynch him. He then ran out of the school building, grabbed
a shotgun from one of the farmers and shot himself, before running away and
leaping into a well where he finally drowned. The incident was likely sparked
by Wiseman's refusal to marry Barnett.
February 24, 1903 Inman, South Carolina Edward Foster, a 17-year-old student
at Inman High school, was shot and fatally wounded by his teacher Reuben Pitts
after he had jerked a rod from Pitts' hands to resist punishment. According
to the teacher, Foster struck the pistol Pitts had drawn to defend himself,
thus causing its discharge. Pitts was later acquitted of murder.
October 10, 1906 Cleveland, Ohio Harry Smith shot and killed 22-year-old teacher
Mary Shepard at South Euclid School after she had rejected him. Smith escaped
and committed suicide in a barn near his home two hours later.
March 23, 1907 Carmi, Illinois George Nicholson shot and killed John Kurd at
a schoolhouse outside of Carmi, Illinois during a school rehearsal. The motive
for the shooting was Kurd making a disparaging remark about Nicholson's daughter
during her recital.
March 11, 1908 Boston, Massachusetts Elizabeth Bailey Hardee was shot to death
by Sarah Chamberlain Weed at the Laurens School, a finishing school in Boston.
Weed then turned the gun on herself and committed suicide.
April 15, 1908 Asheville, North Carolina Dr. C. O. Swinney shot and fatally
wounded his 16-year-old daughter Nellie in a reception room at Normal and Collegiate
Institute. He then committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.
February 12, 1909 San Francisco, California 10-year-old Dorothy Malakanoff
was shot and killed by 49-year-old Demetri Tereaschinko as she arrived at her
school in San Francisco. Tereaschinko then shot himself in a failed suicide
attempt. Tereaschinko was reportedly upset that Malakanoff refused to elope
January 10, 1912 Warrenville, Illinois Sylvester E. Adams shot and killed teacher
Edith Smith after she rejected his advances. Adams then shot and killed himself.
The incident took place in a schoolhouse about a mile outside of Warrenville
after the students had been dismissed for the day.
March 27, 1919 Lodi Township, Michigan 19-year-old teacher Irma Casler was
shot and killed in her classroom at Rentschler school in Lodi Township, Michigan
by Robert Warner, apparently because she had rejected his advances.
April 2, 1921 Syracuse, New York Professor Holmes Beckwith shot and killed
dean J. Herman Wharton in his office at Syracuse University before committing
May 18, 1927 Bath, Michigan School treasurer Andrew Kehoe, after killing his
wife and destroying his house and farm, blew up the Bath Consolidated School
by detonating dynamite in the basement of the school, killing 38 people, mostly
children. He then pulled up to the school in his Ford car, then blew the car
up, killing himself and four others. Only one shot was fired in order to detonate
dynamite in the car. This was deadliest act of mass murder at a school in the
February 15, 1933 Downey, California Dr. Vernon Blythe shot and killed his
wife Eleanor, as well as his 8-year old son Robert at Gallatin grammar school
and committed suicide after firing three more shots at his other son Vernon.
His wife, who had been a teacher at the school, had filed for divorce the week
September 14, 1934 Gill, Massachusetts. Headmaster Elliott Speer was murdered
by a shotgun blast through the window of his study at Northfield Mount Hermon
School. The crime was never solved.
December 12, 1935 New York City, New York, Victor Koussow, a Russian laboratory
worker at the School of Dental and Oral Surgery, shot Prof. Arthur Taylor Rowe,
Prof. Paul B. Wiberg, and wounded Dr. William H. Crawford at Columbia Presbyterian
Hospital, before committing suicide.
April 27, 1936 Lincoln, Nebraska, Prof. John Weller shot and wounded Prof.
Harry Kurz in a corridor of the University of Nebraska, apparently because of
his impending dismissal at the end of the semester. After shooting Kurz Weller
tried to escape, but was surrounded by police on the campus, whereupon he killed
himself with a shot in the chest.
June 4, 1936 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Wesley Crow shot and killed his Lehigh
University English instructor, C. Wesley Phy. Crow went to Phy's office and
demanded that Mr. Phy change his grade to a passing mark. Crow committed suicide
after shooting Phy.
September 24, 1937 Toledo, Ohio 12-year-old Robert Snyder shot and wounded
his principal, June Mapes, in her office at Arlington public school when she
declined his request to call a classmate. He then fled the school grounds and
shot and wounded himself.
May 5, 1940 Dallas, Texas. Two youths shot and killed 38 students and seriously
injuried 3 teachers when they were suspended from school for using inapporiate
language toward a teacher.
May 6, 1940 South Pasadena, California. After being removed as principal of
South Pasadena Junior High School, Verlin Spencer shot six school officials,
killing five, before attempting to commit suicide by shooting himself in the
May 23, 1940: New York City, New York Infuriated by a grievance, Matthew Gillespie,
62-year-old janitor at the junior school of the Dwight School for Girls, shot
and critically wounded Mrs. Marshall Coxe, secretary of the junior school.
July 4, 1940: Valhalla, New York Angered by the refusal of his daughter, Melba,
15 years old, to leave a boarding school and return to his home, Joseph Moshell,
47, visited the school and shot and killed the girl.
September 12, 1940 Uniontown, Pennsylvania, 29-year-old teacher Carolyn Dellamea
is shot to death inside her third grade classroom by 35-year-old William Kuhns.
Kuhns then shot himself in the chest in a failed suicide attempt. Kuhns had
reportedly been courting Dellamea for over a year but the relationship was ended
when Dellamea discovered that Kuhns was already married.
October 2, 1942: New York City, New York “Erwin Goodman, 36-year-old mathematics
teacher of William J. Gaynor Junior High School, was shot and killed in the
school corridor by a youth...
February 23, 1943: Port Chester, NY Harry Wyman, 13-year-old, shot himself
dead at the Harvey School, a boys’ preparatory school.
June 26, 1946: Brooklyn, New York A 15-year-old schoolboy who balked at turning
over his pocket money to a gang of seven Negro youths was shot in the chest
at 11:30 A.M. yesterday in the basement of the Public School 147 annex of the
Brooklyn High School for Automotive Trades.
November 24, 1946: New York City A 13-year-old student at St. Benedict’s
Parochial School, shot and fatally wounded himself while sitting in an audience
watching a school play.
December 24, 1948: New York City A 14-year-old boy was wounded fatally by an
accidental shot from the .22-caliber rifle of a fellow-student … the youth
was shot in the head when he chanced into range where Robert Ross, 17, of Brooklyn,
was shooting at a target near a lake on the school property.
March 11, 1949: New York City A 16-year-old student at Stuyvesant High School
was accidentally shot in the arm by a fellow student who was ‘showing off’
with a pistol in a classroom.
November 13, 1949 Columbus, Ohio, Ohio State University freshman James Heer
grabbed a .45 caliber handgun from the room of a Delta Tau Delta fraternity
brother and shot and killed his fraternity brother Jack McKeown, 21, an Ohio
July 22, 1950 New York City, New York A 16-year-old boy was shot in the wrist
and abdomen at the Public School 141 dance… during an argument with a former
November 27, 1951 New York City, New York David Brooks, a 15-year-old student,
was fatally shot as fellow-pupils looked on in a grade school.
April 9, 1952 New York City, New York A 15-year-old boarding-school student
shot a dean rather than relinquish pin-up pictures of girls in bathing suits.
July 14, 1952 New York City, New York Bayard Peakes walked in to the offices
of the American Physical Society at Columbia University and shot and killed
secretary Eileen Fahey with a .22 caliber pistol. Peakes was reportedly upset
that the APS had rejected a pamphlet he had written.
September 3, 1952 in Lawrenceville, Illinois After 25-year-old Georgine Lyon
ended her engagement with Charles Petrach, Petrach shot and killed Lyon in a
classroom at Lawrenceville High School where she worked as a librarian.
November 20, 1952 New York City, New York “Rear Admiral E. E. Herrmann,
56 years old, superintendent of the Naval Post-Graduate School, was found dead
in his office with a bullet in his head. A service revolver was found by his
October 2, 1953 Chicago, Illinois 14-year-old Patrick Colletta was shot to
death by 14-year-old Bernice Turner in a classroom of Kelly High School in Chicago.
It was reported that after Turner refused to date Colletta he handed her the
gun and dared her to pull the trigger, telling her that the gun was “only
a toy.” A coroner’s jury later ruled that the shooting was an accident.
October 8, 1953: New York City, New York Larry Licitra, 17-year-old student
at the Machine and Metal Trades High School, was shot and slightly wounded in
the right shoulder in the lobby of the school while inspecting a handmade pistol
owned by one of several students.
May 15, 1954 Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Putnam Davis Jr. was shot and killed
during a fraternity house carnival at the Phi Delta Theta house at the University
of North Carolina. William Joyner and Allen Long were shot and wounded during
the exchange of gunfire in their fraternity bedroom. The incident took place
after an all-night beer party. Mr. Long reported to the police that, while the
three were drinking beer at 7 a.m., Davis pulled out a gun and started shooting
with a gun he had obtained from the car of a former roommate.
January 11, 1955 Swarthmore, Pennsylvania After some of his dorm mates urinated
on his mattress Bob Bechtel, a 20-year-old student at Swarthmore College, returned
to his dorm with a shotgun and used it to shoot and kill fellow student Holmes
April 17, 1956 New York City, New York 18-year-old Henry Smith, a student at
a Bronx vocational high school, is stabbed to death by 16-year-old Randolph
Lawrence, a fellow student. The stabbing was reportedly sparked over a dispute
about a basketball game.
May 4, 1956 in Prince George's County, Maryland, 15-year-old student Billy
Prevatte fatally shot one teacher and injured two others at Maryland Park Junior
High School in Prince George's County after he had been reprimanded from the
October 20, 1956: New York City, New York A junior high school student was
wounded in the forearm yesterday by another student armed with a home-made weapon
at Booker T. Washington Junior High School.
October 2, 1957: New York City, New York “A 16-year old student was shot
in the leg yesterday by a 15-year old classmate at a city high school.”
March 4, 1958: New York City, New York “A 17-year-old student shot a boy
in the Manual Training High School.”
May 1, 1958: Massapequa, New York A 15-year-old high school freshman was shot
and killed by a classmate in a washroom of the Massapequa High School.
September 24, 1959: New York City, New York Twenty-seven men and boys and an
arsenal were seized in the Bronx last night as the police headed off a gang
war resulting from the fatal shooting of a teenager Monday at Morris High School.
February 2, 1960 Hartford City, Indiana Principal Leonard Redden shot and
killed two teachers with a shotgun at William Reed Elementary School in Hartford
City, Indiana, before fleeing into a remote forest, where he committed suicide.
June 7, 1960 Blaine, Minnesota Lester Betts, a 40-year-old mail-carrier, walked
into the office of 33-year-old principal Carson Hammond and shot him to death
with a 12-gauge shotgun.
April 20, 1961 Chicago, Illinois Teacher Josephine Keane, 45, is sexually assaulted
and stabbed to death inside a storeroom at Lewis-Champlin elementary school
in Chicago. Lee Arthur Hester, a 14-year-old student, is later convicted of
the murder and sentenced to 55 years in prison.
October 17, 1961 Denver, Colorado Tennyson Beard, 14, got into an argument
with William Hachmeister, 15, at Morey Junior High School. During the argument
Beard pulled out a .38 caliber revolver and shot at Hachmeister, wounding him.
A stray bullet also struck Deborah Faith Humphrey, 14, who died from her gunshot
August 1, 1966 University of Texas Massacre Charles Whitman climbs atop the
observation deck at the University of Texas-Austin, killing 16 people and wounding
31 during a 96-minute shooting rampage.
November 12, 1966 Mesa, Arizona Bob Smith, 18, took seven people hostage at
Rose-Mar College of Beauty, a school for training beauticians. Smith ordered
the hostages to lie down on the floor in a circle. He then proceeded to shoot
them in the head with a 22-caliber pistol. Four women and a three-year-old girl
died, one woman and a baby were injured but survived. Police arrested Smith
after the massacre. Smith had reportedly admired Richard Speck and Charles Whitman.
January 30, 1968 Miami, Florida 16-year-old Blanche Ward shot and killed fellow
student Linda Lipscomb, 16, with a .22-caliber pistol at Miami Jackson High
School. According to Ward, she was threatened with a razor by Lipscomb during
an argument over a fountain pen, and in the ensuing struggle the gun went off.
February 8, 1968 Orangeburg, South Carolina In the days leading up to February
8, 1968, about 200 mostly student protesters gathered on the campus of South
Carolina State University, located in the city of Orangeburg, to protest the
segregation of the All Star Bowling Lane. The bowling alley was owned by the
late Harry K. Floyd. That night, students started a bonfire. As police attempted
to put out the fire, an officer was injured by a thrown piece of banister. The
police said they believed they were under attack by small weapons fire. The
officers fired into the crowd, killing three young men: Samuel Hammond, Delano
Middleton, and Henry Smith, and wounding twenty-seven others.
May 22, 1968 Miami, Florida Ernest Lee Grissom, a 15-year-old student at Drew
Junior High School, shot and seriously wounded a teacher and a 13-year-old student
after he had been reprimanded for causing a disturbance.
January 17, 1969 Los Angeles, California Two student members of the Black Panther
Party, Alprentice Carter and John Huggins, were fatally shot during a student
meeting inside Campbell Hall at the University of California, Los Angeles. The
motive of the shooting regarded who would own the school's African American
Studies Center. The shooter, Claude Hubert, was never to be found but three
other men were arrested in connection with the shooting.
November 19, 1969 Tomah, Wisconsin Principal Martin Mogensen is shot to death
in his office by a 14-year-old boy armed with a 20 gauge shotgun.
The two most notable U.S. school shootings in the early 1970s were the Jackson
State killings in May 1970, where police opened fire on the campus of Jackson
State University and the Kent State shootings also in May 1970 where the National
Guard opened fire on the campus of Kent State University.
The mid to late 1970s is considered the second most violent period in U.S.
school history with a series of school shootings, most notably were;
• December 30, 1974 Olean, New York, Anthony Barbaro, a 17-year-old Regents
scholar armed with a rifle and shotgun, kills three adults and wounds 11 others
at his high school, which was closed for the Christmas holiday. Barbaro was
reportedly a loner who kept a diary describing several "battle plans"
for his attack on the school.
• June 12, 1976 California State University, Fullerton massacre, where
the school's custodian opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle in the library
on the California State University, Fullerton campus killing 7, and wounding
• February 22, 1978 Lansing, Michigan After being taunted for his beliefs,
a 15-year-old self-proclaimed Nazi, kills one student and wounds a second with
a Luger pistol.
• January 29, 1979 Grover Cleveland Elementary School Shootings, California,
where a 16yr old girl opened fire with the rifle, a gift from her father, killing
2 and wounding 9.
The early 1980s saw only a few multi-victim school shootings including;
• January 20, 1983 St. Louis County, Missouri the Parkway South Middle
School, eighth grader brought a blue duffel bag containing two pistols, and
a murder/suicide note that outlined his intention to kill the next person heard
speaking ill of his older brother Ken. He entered a study hall classroom and
opened fire, hitting two fellow students. The first victim, was fatally shot
in the stomach, and the second victim received a non-fatal gunshot wound to
the abdomen. Then he said, "no one will ever call my brother a pussy again"
then committed suicide.
According to the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence, in the United States,
from September 1986 to September 1990 (four year period): At least 71 people
(65 students and 6 school employees) had been killed with guns at school.
201 were severely wounded by gun fire.
242 individuals were held hostage at gunpoint.
According to a 1987 survey conducted by the American School Health Association,"
3% of the boys reported having carried a handgun to school at least once during
the school year; 1% reported carrying a handgun on a daily basis."
The late 1980s began to see a major increase in school shootings including;
• September 4, 1985 Richmond, Virginia At the end of the second day of
school from the East End Middle School a 12yr old boy shot a girl with his mother's
• October 18, 1985 Detroit, Michigan During halftime of the homecoming
football game between Northwestern High School and Murray-Wright High School.
A boy who was in a fight earlier that day, pulled out a shotgun and opened fire
injuring six students.
• November 26, 1985 Spanaway, Washington A 14yr old girl shot two boys
dead then kills herself with a .22-caliber rifle at the Spanaway Junior High
• December 9, 1985 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania At the Archbishop Ryan High
School for Boys, a 22yr old Mental health patient took 6 students hostage with
what ended up being a starter pistol. No one was hurt in the ordeal.
• December 10, 1985 Portland, Connecticut At the Portland Junior High
School, the Principal was having a heated discussion with a 13-year-old male
eighth-grader when he locked the boy inside an office. The student then pulled
out a 9mm assault rifle and opened fire. The bullet shattered the glass door
and struck the left forearm of the secretary and the glass injured the Principal.
The boy fled for the 2nd floor, were he encountered the janitor, and he shot
him in the head. The boy then took a seventh-grader hostage. The boy's father
and another family member came to the school and talked to him over the intercom
system. After 45 minutes, he tossed the gun out a school window and was taken
• May 16, 1986 The Cokeville Elementary School hostage crisis In a ransom
scheme, David and Doris Young, both in their forties, took 150 students and
teachers hostage on this spring day. Their demand for $300 million dollars came
to an abrupt end when Doris accidentally set off a bomb, killing herself and
injuring 78 students and teachers. David wounded John Miller, a teacher who
was trying to flee, then killed himself.
• March 2, 1987 Missouri an honours student Nathan Ferris, 12, killed
a classmate and then himself.
• May 20, 1988 Winnetka, Illinois 30yr old Laurie Dann shot and killed
one boy, and wounded five other kids, in an elementary school, then took a family
hostage and shot a man before killing herself.
• September 26, 1988 Greenwood, South Carolina In the cafeteria of the
Oakland Elementary School 19 year-old James William Wilson Jr., shot and killed
Shequilla Bradley, 8 and wounded eight other children with a 9-round .22 caliber
pistol. He went into the girls restroom to reload where he was attacked by Kat
Finkbeiner, a Physical Education teacher. James shot her in the hand and mouth.
He then entered 3rd grade classroom and wounded six more students.
• December 16, 1988 Virginia Beach, Virginia Nicholas Elliott, 15, opened
fire with a SWD Cobray M-11 semiautomatic pistol on his teachers at the Atlantic
Shores Christian School. His first shots struck teacher Karen Farley in the
arm; when she went down he killed her at point blank range. Nicholas then injured
Sam Marino. He turned the Cobray toward his classmates, but the gun jammed and
he was quickly subdued by M. Hutchinson Matteson, a teacher, before he could
fire another round.
• January 17, 1989 Cleveland School massacre of Stockton, California where
5 school children were killed and 29 wounded by a single gunman firing over
100 rounds into a schoolyard from an AK-47
From the late 1980s to the early 1990s the United States saw a sharp increase
in gun and gun violence in the schools. According to a survey conducted by The
Harvard School of Public Health "15% said that they had carried a handgun
on their person in the past 30 days, and 4% said that they had taken a handgun
to school in the past year." a sharp increase from just five years earlier.
By 1993, the United States saw some of the most violent time is school shooting
• May 1, 1992 Olivehurst, California Eric Houston, 20, killed four people
and wounded 10 in an armed siege at his former high school. Prosecutors said
the attack was in retribution for a failing grade.
According to the National School Safety Center, since the 1992-1993 U.S. school
year there has been a significant decline in school-associated violent deaths
(deaths on private or public school property for kindergarten through grade
12 and resulting from schools functions or activities):
1992–1993 (44 Homicides and 55 Deaths resulting from school shootings
in the U.S.)
1993–1994 (42 Homicides and 51 Deaths resulting from school shootings in
1994–1995 (17 Homicides and 20 Deaths resulting from school shootings in
1995–1996 (29 Homicides and 35 Deaths resulting from school shootings in
1996–1997 (23 Homicides and 25 Deaths resulting from school shootings in
1997–1998 (35 Homicides and 40 Deaths resulting from school shootings in
1998–1999 (25 Homicides from school shootings in the U.S.)
1999–2000 (25 Homicides from school shootings in the U.S.)
According to the U.S. Department of Education, in the 1998-1999 School Year,
3,523 Students (57% High School, 33% Junior High, 10% Elementary) were expelled
for bringing a firearm to school.
The late 1990s started to see a major reduction in gun related school violence,
but was still plagued with multiple victim shootings including;
• October 12, 1995 Blackville, South Carolina A suspended student shot
two math teachers with a .32 caliber revolver.
• November 15, 1995 Lynnville, Tennessee A seventeen-year-old boy shot
and killed a student and teacher with a .22 rifle.
• February 2, 1996 Moses Lake, Washington Two students and one teacher
killed, one other wounded when 14-year-old Barry Loukaitis opened fire on his
• February 19, 1997 Bethel, Alaska Principal and one student killed, two
others wounded by Evan Ramsey, 16.
• October 1, 1997 Pearl, Mississippi Two students killed and seven wounded
by Luke Woodham, 16, who was also accused of killing his mother. He and his
friends were said to be outcasts who worshiped Satan.
• December 1, 1997 West Paducah, Kentucky Three students killed, five
wounded by Michael Carneal, 14, as they participated in a prayer circle at Heath
• December 15, 1997 Stamps, Arkansas Two students wounded. Colt Todd,
14, was hiding in the woods when he shot the students as they stood in the parking
• March 24, 1998 Jonesboro, Arkansas Four students and one teacher killed,
ten others wounded outside as Westside Middle School emptied during a false
fire alarm. Mitchell Johnson, 13, and Andrew Golden, 11, shot at their classmates
and teachers from the woods
• April 24, 1998 Edinboro, Pennsylvania One teacher, John Gillette, killed,
two students wounded at a dance at James W. Parker Middle School. Andrew Wurst,
14, was charged.
• May 21, 1998 Springfield, Oregon Two students killed, 22 others wounded
in the cafeteria at Thurston High School by 15-year-old Kip Kinkel. Kinkel had
been arrested and released a day earlier for bringing a gun to school. His parents
were later found dead at home
• June 15, 1998 Richmond, Virginia One teacher and one guidance counselor
wounded by a 14-year-old boy in the school hallway
• April 20, 1999 Littleton, Colorado 14 students (including shooters)
and one teacher killed, 27 others wounded at Columbine High School in the nation's
deadliest school shooting. Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, had plotted
for a year to kill at least 500 and blow up their school. At the end of their
hour-long rampage, they turned their guns on themselves.
• May 20, 1999 Conyers, Georgia Six students injured at Heritage High
School by Thomas Solomon, 15, who was reportedly depressed after breaking up
with his girlfriend
 2000s - Present
2000–2001 (19 Deaths resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
2001–2002 (4 Deaths resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
2002–2003 (14 Deaths resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
2003–2004 (29 Deaths resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
2004–2005 (20 Deaths resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
2005–2006 (5 Deaths resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
2006–2007 (38 Deaths resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
2007–2008 (3 Deaths resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
2008–2009 (10 Deaths resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
2009–2010 (5 Deaths resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
Feb. 2, 1996
Moses Lake, Wash. Two students and one teacher killed, one other wounded when
14-year-old Barry Loukaitis opened fire on his algebra class.
March 13, 1996
Dunblane, Scotland 16 children and one teacher killed at Dunblane Primary School
by Thomas Hamilton, who then killed himself. 10 others wounded in attack.
Feb. 19, 1997
Bethel, Alaska Principal and one student killed, two others wounded by Evan
Sanaa, Yemen Eight people (six students and two others) at two schools killed
by Mohammad Ahman al-Naziri.
Oct. 1, 1997
Pearl, Miss. Two students killed and seven wounded by Luke Woodham, 16, who
was also accused of killing his mother. He and his friends were said to be outcasts
who worshiped Satan.
Dec. 1, 1997
West Paducah, Ky. Three students killed, five wounded by Michael Carneal, 14,
as they participated in a prayer circle at Heath High School.
Dec. 15, 1997
Stamps, Ark. Two students wounded. Colt Todd, 14, was hiding in the woods when
he shot the students as they stood in the parking lot.
March 24, 1998
Jonesboro, Ark. Four students and one teacher killed, ten others wounded outside
as Westside Middle School emptied during a false fire alarm. Mitchell Johnson,
13, and Andrew Golden, 11, shot at their classmates and teachers from the woods.
April 24, 1998
Edinboro, Pa. One teacher, John Gillette, killed, two students wounded at a
dance at James W. Parker Middle School. Andrew Wurst, 14, was charged.
May 19, 1998
Fayetteville, Tenn. One student killed in the parking lot at Lincoln County
High School three days before he was to graduate. The victim was dating the
ex-girlfriend of his killer, 18-year-old honor student Jacob Davis.
May 21, 1998
Springfield, Ore. Two students killed, 22 others wounded in the cafeteria at
Thurston High School by 15-year-old Kip Kinkel. Kinkel had been arrested and
released a day earlier for bringing a gun to school. His parents were later
found dead at home.
June 15, 1998
Richmond, Va. One teacher and one guidance counselor wounded by a 14-year-old
boy in the school hallway.
April 20, 1999
Littleton, Colo. 14 students (including killers) and one teacher killed, 23
others wounded at Columbine High School in the nation's deadliest school shooting.
Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, had plotted for a year to kill at least
500 and blow up their school. At the end of their hour-long rampage, they turned
their guns on themselves.
April 28, 1999
Taber, Alberta, Canada One student killed, one wounded at W. R. Myers High School
in first fatal high school shooting in Canada in 20 years. The suspect, a 14-year-old
boy, had dropped out of school after he was severely ostracized by his classmates.
May 20, 1999
Conyers, Ga. Six students injured at Heritage High School by Thomas Solomon,
15, who was reportedly depressed after breaking up with his girlfriend.
Nov. 19, 1999
Deming, N.M. Victor Cordova Jr., 12, shot and killed Araceli Tena, 13, in the
lobby of Deming Middle School.
Dec. 6, 1999
Fort Gibson, Okla. Four students wounded as Seth Trickey, 13, opened fire with
a 9mm semiautomatic handgun at Fort Gibson Middle School.
Dec. 7, 1999
Veghel, Netherlands One teacher and three students wounded by a 17-year-old
Feb. 29, 2000
Mount Morris Township, Mich. Six-year-old Kayla Rolland shot dead at Buell Elementary
School near Flint, Mich. The assailant was identified as a six-year-old boy
with a .32-caliber handgun.
Branneburg, Germany One teacher killed by a 15-year-old student, who then shot
himself. The shooter has been in a coma ever since.
March 10, 2000
Savannah, Ga. Two students killed by Darrell Ingram, 19, while leaving a dance
sponsored by Beach High School.
May 26, 2000
Lake Worth, Fla. One teacher, Barry Grunow, shot and killed at Lake Worth Middle
School by Nate Brazill, 13, with .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol on the last
day of classes.
Sept. 26, 2000
New Orleans, La. Two students wounded with the same gun during a fight at Woodson
Jan. 17, 2001
Baltimore, Md. One student shot and killed in front of Lake Clifton Eastern
Jan. 18, 2001
Jan, Sweden One student killed by two boys, ages 17 and 19.
March 5, 2001
Santee, Calif. Two killed and 13 wounded by Charles Andrew Williams, 15, firing
from a bathroom at Santana High School.
March 7, 2001
Williamsport, Pa. Elizabeth Catherine Bush, 14, wounded student Kimberly Marchese
in the cafeteria of Bishop Neumann High School; she was depressed and frequently
March 22, 2001
Granite Hills, Calif. One teacher and three students wounded by Jason Hoffman,
18, at Granite Hills High School. A policeman shot and wounded Hoffman.
March 30, 2001
Gary, Ind. One student killed by Donald R. Burt, Jr., a 17-year-old student
who had been expelled from Lew Wallace High School.
Nov. 12, 2001
Caro, Mich. Chris Buschbacher, 17, took two hostages at the Caro Learning Center
before killing himself.
Jan. 15, 2002
New York, N.Y. A teenager wounded two students at Martin Luther King Jr. High
Feb. 19, 2002
Freising, Germany Two killed in Eching by a man at the factory from which he
had been fired; he then traveled to Freising and killed the headmaster of the
technical school from which he had been expelled. He also wounded another teacher
before killing himself.
April 26, 2002
Erfurt, Germany 13 teachers, two students, and one policeman killed, ten wounded
by Robert Steinhaeuser, 19, at the Johann Gutenberg secondary school. Steinhaeuser
then killed himself.
April 29, 2002
Vlasenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina One teacher killed, one wounded by Dragoslav Petkovic,
17, who then killed himself.
October 28, 2002
Tucson, Ariz. Robert S. Flores Jr., 41, a student at the nursing school at the
University of Arizona, shot and killed three female professors and then himself.
April 14, 2003
New Orleans, La. One 15-year-old killed, and three students wounded at John
McDonogh High School by gunfire from four teenagers (none were students at the
school). The motive was gang-related.
April 24, 2003
Red Lion, Pa. James Sheets, 14, killed principal Eugene Segro of Red Lion Area
Junior High School before killing himself.
Sept. 24, 2003
Cold Spring, Minn. Two students are killed at Rocori High School by John Jason
Sept. 28, 2004
Carmen de Patagones, Argentina Three students killed and 6 wounded by a 15-year-old
Argentininan student in a town 620 miles south of Buenos Aires.
March 21, 2005
Red Lake, Minn. Jeff Weise, 16, killed grandfather and companion, then arrived
at school where he killed a teacher, a security guard, 5 students, and finally
himself, leaving a total of 10 dead.
Nov. 8, 2005
Jacksboro, Tenn. One 15-year-old shot and killed an assistant principal at Campbell
County High School and seriously wounded two other administrators.
Aug. 24, 2006
Essex, Vt. Christopher Williams, 27, looking for his ex-girlfriend at Essex
Elementary School, shot two teachers, killing one and wounding another. Before
going to the school, he had killed the ex-girlfriend's mother.
Sept. 13, 2006
Montreal, Canada Kimveer Gill, 25, opened fire with a semiautomatic weapon at
Dawson College. Anastasia De Sousa, 18, died and more than a dozen students
and faculty were wounded before Gill killed himself.
Sept. 27, 2006
Bailey, Colo. Adult male held six students hostage at Platte Canyon High School
and then shot and killed Emily Keyes, 16, and himself.
Sept. 29, 2006
Cazenovia, Wis. A 15-year-old student shot and killed Weston School principal
Oct. 3, 2006
Nickel Mines, Pa. 32-year-old Carl Charles Roberts IV entered the one-room West
Nickel Mines Amish School and shot 10 schoolgirls, ranging in age from 6 to
13 years old, and then himself. Five of the girls and Roberts died.
Jan. 3, 2007
Tacoma, Wash. Douglas Chanthabouly, 18, shot fellow student Samnang Kok, 17,
in the hallway of Henry Foss High School.
April 16, 2007
Blacksburg, Va. A 23-year-old Virginia Tech student, Cho Seung-Hui, killed two
in a dorm, then killed 30 more 2 hours later in a classroom building. His suicide
brought the death toll to 33, making the shooting rampage the most deadly in
U.S. history. Fifteen others were wounded.
Sept. 21, 2007
Dover, Del. A Delaware State Univesity Freshman, Loyer D. Brandon, shot and
wounded two other Freshman students on the University campus. Brandon is being
charged with attempted murder, assault, reckless engagement, as well as a gun
Oct. 10, 2007
Cleveland, Ohio A 14-year-old student at a Cleveland high school, Asa H. Coon,
shot and injured two students and two teachers before he shot and killed himself.
The victims' injuries were not life-threatening.
Nov. 7, 2007
Tuusula, Finland An 18-year-old student in southern Finland shot and killed
five boys, two girls, and the female principal at Jokela High School. At least
10 others were injured. The gunman shot himself and died from his wounds in
Feb. 8, 2008
Baton Rouge, Louisiana A nursing student shot and killed two women and then
herself in a classroom at Louisiana Technical College in Baton Rouge.
Feb. 11, 2008
Memphis, Tennessee A 17-year-old student at Mitchell High School shot and wounded
a classmate in gym class.
Feb. 12, 2008
Oxnard, California A 14-year-old boy shot a student at E.O. Green Junior High
School causing the 15-year-old victim to be brain dead.
Feb. 14, 2008
DeKalb, Illinois Gunman killed five students and then himself, and wounded 17
more when he opened fire on a classroom at Northern Illinois University. The
gunman, Stephen P. Kazmierczak, was identified as a former graduate student
at the university in 2007.
Sept. 23, 2008
Kauhajoki, Finland A 20-year-old male student shot and killed at least nine
students and himself at a vocational college in Kauhajok, 330km (205 miles)
north of the capital, Helsinki.
Nov. 12, 2008
Fort Lauderdale, Florida A 15-year-old female student was shot and killed by
a classmate at at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale.
March 11, 2009
Winnenden, Germany Fifteen people were shot and killed at Albertville Technical
High School in southwestern Germany by a 17-year-old boy who attended the same
Feb. 5, 2010
Madison, Alabama At Discovery Middle School, a ninth-grader was shot by another
student during a class change. The boy, whose name was not released, pulled
out a gun and shot Todd Brown in the head while walking the hallway. Brown later
died at Huntsville Hospital.