• U.S. school shootings over past twenty years

    Date: 04.12.12 | by Judge Tom.

    The recent  incident at Chardon High School in Ohio is just one of many middle and high school shootings in our recent history. Most remember the Columbine killings in 1999 because of the number of lives lost and the media attention it garnered. Each is a tragedy for everyone involved including family, friends and the general public. A 2002 study by the Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education found that in 81% of cases, at least one friend was told of the shooter’s plans. Evidence indicates that most school shooters don’t just snap – they plan carefully and tell others either directly or in less subtle ways. What follows is a list of school incidents with three or more fatalities.

    February 27, 2012:  Chardon High School, Ohio   Three killed and two injured    T.J. Lane, age 18, sentenced in March, 2013 to three life sentences with no possibility of parole

    October 2, 2006:  Amish school in Pennsylvania   Five killed and five injured   Charles Carl Roberts committed suicide

    March 21, 2005:  Red Lake High School, Minnesota   Nine killed and five injured   Jeff Weise, age 16 committed suicide

    April 20, 1999:  Columbine High School, Colorado   Thirteen killed and twenty-three injured   Eric Harris, age 18 and Dylan Klebold, age 17     committed suicide

    March 24, 1998:  Westside Middle School, Arkansas   Five killed and ten wounded   Andrew Golden, age 11 and Mitchell Johnson, age 13 sentenced to prison until age 21

    December 1, 1997:  Heath High School, Kentucky   Three killed and five wounded   Michael Carneal, age 14 sentenced to life in prison

    February 2, 1996:  Frontier Junior High School, Washington   Three killed, one wounded   Barry Loukaitis, age 16 sentenced to life in prison

    Columbine Memorial

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>