A brief history of school shootings in the United States. Maybe you’ll detect a trend:
July 26, 1764 – Greencastle, Pennsylvania
Enoch Brown school massacre: Perhaps the earliest shooting to happen on school or college property, in what would become the United States, was the notorious Enoch Brown school massacre during the Pontiac’s War. Four Delaware (Lenape) American Indians entered the schoolhouse near present-day Greencastle, Pennsylvania, and shot and killed schoolmaster Enoch Brown and nine children (reports vary). Only two children survived. However, this incident may only incidentally be considered a school “shooting” because only the teacher was shot, while the other nine victims were killed with melee weapons.
Then nothing until….
November 12, 1840 – Charlottesville, Virginia
John Anthony Gardner Davis, a law professor at the University of Virginia, was shot by student Joseph Semmes, and died from his wound three days later
Then nothing until…
November 2, 1853 – Louisville, Kentucky
Student Mathews Flounoy Ward took a pistol to school, where he shot the schoolmaster William H.G. Butler as revenge for what Ward thought was excessive punishment of his brother the day before. Butler died, and Ward was acquitted.
August 16, 1856 – Florence, Alabama
The schoolmaster had a tame sparrow and had warned the students not to harm it, threatening death. One of the boys stepped on the bird and killed it; he was afraid to return to school but did so. After lessons, the master took the boy into a private room and strangled him to death. The boy’s father went to the school and shot the schoolmaster dead.
6 shootings – 8 deaths
7 shootings – 3 deaths
11 shootings – 2 deaths
8 shootings – 13 deaths
14 shootings – 13 deaths
19 shootings – 12 deaths
10 shootings – 5 deaths
9 shootings – 10 deaths
8 shootings – 11 deaths
17 shootings – 14 deaths
19 shootings – 44 deaths
August 1, 1966 – Austin, Texas
University of Texas massacre: 25-year-old engineering student, Charles Whitman, got onto the observation deck at the University of Texas-Austin, from where he killed seventeen people and wounded thirty-one during a 96-minute shooting rampage. He had earlier murdered his wife and mother at their homes
31 shootings – 38 deaths
42 shootings – 51 deaths
66 shootings – 94 deaths
April 20, 1999 – Littleton, Colordado
Columbine High School massacre: 18-year-old Eric Harris and 17-year-old Dylan Klebold, students at Columbine High School, killed twelve students and one teacher. They injured 21 additional people, and three more were injured while attempting to escape the school. The pair committed suicide at the end of the massacre.
67 shootings – 101 deaths
92 shootings – 96 deaths
76 shootings – 86 deaths
Here are more pictures from the Des Moines March for Our Lives Rally:
There still are a few more pictures from the March for Our Lives rally left. But not many.