The Associated Press counts at least eleven US school shootings since the start of the 2013–14 academic year, more than eight months after Congress rejected a gun control proposal prompted by the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Experts say that rate represents no real reduction in school shootings, despite ramped-up security in districts across the country. Here’s the AP:
The recent budget deal in Congress provides $140 million to support safe school environments, and is a $29 million increase, according to the office of Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
About 90 percent of districts have tightened security since the Newtown shootings, estimates Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers.
Many schools now have elaborate school safety plans and more metal detectors, surveillance cameras and fences.
They’ve taken other steps, too, such as requiring ID badges and dress codes. Similar to fire drills, some schools practice locking down classrooms, among their responses to potential violence.
Attention also has focused on hiring school resource officers, sworn law enforcement officers who are trained to work in a school environment, said Mo Canady, executive director of the National Association of School Resource Officers. He said his organization estimates there are about 10,000 of them in the U.S.
AP did not list the eleven shootings, which appears to only include incidents that occurred on school property during school hours, and did not include shootings at colleges or universities. I reviewed school shootings since August, according to these parameters, and also counted eleven incidents. Here is the list:
August 21, 2013—A 20-year-old man fired at least a half-dozen shots at an Atlanta elementary school, starting a shootout with police officers. School administrators successfully evacuated 800 or more students to safety. No one was hurt.