We’re Averaging One School Shooting Every 60 Hours In 2018


A reported shooting at a South Florida high school on Wednesday marks the country’s 18th school shooting of 2018, just 45 days into the year.

That’s an average of one school shooting every 60 hours thus far in 2018, more than double the number of school shootings recorded in any of the previous three years in that same period. Those numbers are according to data compiled by the gun control advocacy organization Everytown for Gun Safety, which defines a school shooting as any time a firearm is discharged on or around a campus.

Details are still emerging about what happened during Wednesday’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, but as of 6:30 pm., at least 15 people had been reported dead.

President Donald Trump has spoken vaguely about the need to curb shootings, saying after the Las Vegas massacre in October that the U.S. would start “talking about gun laws as time goes by.”

Some three months later, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had little new information on that subject.

“The president believes that all Americans deserve to be safe in their schools and in their communities,” Sanders said after a deadly school shooting in Kentucky last month. “We’ve tried to crack down on crime throughout the country.”

Meanwhile, Congress is still looking into loosening some gun control restrictions.

Here are the details from the 17 other school shootings in 2018:

Feb. 8: The Metropolitan High School in New York City

A gunshot was fired in the Bronx school and left a bullet hole in a classroom floor but caused no injuries. Police took a 17-year-old into custody.

Feb. 5: Harmony Learning Center in Maplewood, Minnesota

A third-grader discharged a police officer’s holstered gun while participating in a group activity at the K-12 school. No injuries were reported.

Feb. 5: Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland

A student was shot outside the school in an apparent robbery attempt and hospitalized for several hours. Police charged two other teenagers with attempted murder.

Feb. 1: Salvador B. Castro Middle School in Los Angeles

Two middle school students sustained injuries after they were shot in a classroom. Police took a 12-year-old girl into custody in connection with the shooting.

Jan. 31: Lincoln High School in Philadelphia

A 32-year-old man died after being shot twice in the leg outside the high school during after a brawl broke out during a school basketball game.

Jan. 26: Dearborn High School in Dearborn, Michigan

Someone fired shots from a car at the school’s parking lot during a basketball game, but no one was injured.

Jan. 25: Murphy High School in Mobile, Alabama

A 16-year-old student fired multiple shots at another student after a verbal disagreement. No one was injured.

A 15-year-old boy opened fire inside the school, killing two and injuring 16.

A 16-year-old boy shot a 15-year-old girl in the cafeteria. He was arrested and she was airlifted to a hospital, where she was later reported to be ” in good spirits.”

At least one shot was fired, shattering a classroom window. No students were injured.

Jan. 4: New Start High School in Seattle Willa Frej contributed reporting. An earlier version of this story ran in January.