School shootings are on the rise in the United States. There were 52 school shootings in 2016. School shootings increased by 25% in 2017, and sadly, there was a year over year 310% increase in school shootings in the first quarter of 2018.
32 shootings were identified as causing injuries or deaths to other students or faculty between January 1, 2016 and March 30, 2018. These incidents resulted in 50 deaths and 95 injuries Our initial analysis revealed a distinct profile for elementary school shootings, high school/middle school shootings, and university/college shootings.
Establishing policies and procedures is an essential element in preventing school shootings. Creating proactive legislation that school administration can utilize help eliminate one of the main problems that lead up to school shootings and prevent an incident from actually occurring.