Quote from the First Documented Shooting at a U.S. School
"We had hoped that crime had never found a resting place within these calm retreats, 'whose threshold the distracting cares of the world, or it's beguiling pleasures, never cross'- it was but a sweet self delusion".
-Quote from the first school shooting at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA where Joseph Semmes shot and killed Professor John Davis during the exercise of "calathumping" (or shooting pistols wildly) on the 4th anniverary of the Student Revolt of 1836. ('Death of Professor Davis' -The Wetumpka Argus on December 2, 1840)
This dataset is of All Types of On-Campus Shootings at U.S. Schools. This is the master (or key) database that has all the different types of shootings at America's schools. It covers any shooting that has occurred on-campus or at school-sponsored events no matter what time of day.
This section (below) has datasets that covers the different types of definitions that I have came across while doing this research that are used for mass shootings at U.S. schools.
The spreadsheet below is shootings that I believe should be noted because there were warning signs and factors where the shooting could have became an active shooter event or mass shooting attack but did not occur because the shooter committed suicide before the attack was about to be carried out, students or others who knew about the potential shooting alerted school officials, the shooter was talked out of doing it by teachers and/or school administrators, or police intervention.
As you will see by exploring the spreadsheet and charts below in 'Number of Shootings at America's Schools Through American History' whatever definition one uses to define a mass school shooting the numbers go up at a very similar rate. I will be adding different types of shootings (accidental, gang related, etc..) at America's schools in the chart below as I get the work completed.
Note: Too often in other research projects BB gun school shootings, incidents where no shots were fired but involve firearmsat schools, & shootings that happen just off campus or down the street from the school are included as if they are actual school shootings. The spreadsheets below were constructed to address the misrepresentations and claims of them being misconstrued as actual shootings at schools. Considering these shooting incidents as on-campus shootings effects the honesty and integrity of any research project and causes confusion on a topic that is already extremely complex and difficult to understand. I agree that they should be researched and studied but it should be done separately to ensure the quality of the data. How are to reduce America's school shooting epidemic and help and protect American students by using flawed research methods and biased data? If a shooting is identified as not happening on a school campus, using a bb gun, or where no gun was fired in this research project (schoolshootingdatabase.com) it is looked into and researched further to confirm its validity. If a shooting in the master database above is identified and confirmed as a bb gun shooting, an incident that a firearm was NOT discharged , or occurring off campus it is first marked (see above) and then removed from the database after confirmation it is not a on-campus shooting or at a school-sponsored event, (or the firearm was a pellet gun) and then it is placed in the correct database here to ensure the honesty and integrity of the data.