Timeline of School Shootings

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April 20, 1999: Students Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, opened fire at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, killing 12 classmates and a teacher.

Timeline of School Shootings 1999-Present

April 16, 2007: 23 year-old Seung-Hui Cho fatally shot 32 people in a dorm and a classroom at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.

The university changed its security by adding a Emergency Notification System. The shooting also caused people to start talking about changing gun laws.

1999- Columbine High School

2007- Virginia Tech

February 2012- Chardon High School

 Feb. 27, 2012: 3 students were killed and 2 wounded in a shooting that started in a school cafeteria in Chardon, Ohio

Chardon and schools around the world started to take more precautions for school safety. There was also a bigger emphasis on safety training for teachers after this.

December 2012- Sandy Hook Elementary

Dec. 14, 2012. A 20-year-old gunman killed 20 1st-grade children and 6 educators inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

The school district hired more police officers for the district. The school has also been recently re-designed to be safer.

2016- Townville Elementary

2017- San Bernardino Elementary

Sept. 28, 2016: A 6-year-old boy was fatally shot on the playground of Townville Elementary School in South Carolina by a 14-year-old boy who had just killed his father.

April 10, 2017: A gunman opened fire in the special education classroom of his estranged wife at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, California, killing her and an 8-year-old boy, and wounding another child.

January 2018- Marshall County High School

February 2018- Stoneman Douglas High School

Jan. 23, 2018: 2 students were killed and 14 wounded by gunfire when a student opened fire before classes began at Marshall County High School in west Kentucky.

Feb. 14, 2018: A former student is accused of killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Students demanded an action on gun reform and the movement for gun control began. There were many protests and gatherings after the shooting. The school has also upgraded security and caused other schools to do the same. The school has added 18 security personnel to patrol the school and has also since thought about metal detectors.

The school upgraded security after the shooting. They added 12 metal detectors and they also banned backpacks. This caused other schools to start thinking about things like metal detectors and clear backpacks.


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This was the first mass school shooting. The shooting shocked the whole country and is still to this day one of the worst school shootings ever. Schools around the world started to implement the “zero-tolerance” rule for disruptive behavior and threats.