According to official data quoted in a report by the National Center for Education Statistics, there were 93 school shootings in the United States during the 2020–2021 academic year, a high not seen in 20 years (NCES).
According to the 31-page analysis, which was released by the NCES in collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 50 of the 93 gunshots resulted in injuries while 43 saw fatalities. According to the NCES, the academic year runs from July 1, 2020, to June 3, 2021. According to the data, 53 additional school shootings were reported during that time period but no one was hurt.
According to the study’s authors, “school shootings” in the 2020–2021 academic year include shootings that took place on school grounds while classes were being taught remotely. They used reports of when a gun was on school property or when a bullet was believed to have struck school property to broadly define school shootings. Reports included whether students were present when guns were fired on school property.
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According to the authors, while shootings increased, their surroundings also changed, and the years 2020–21 marked the first time since data collection started that less than half of shootings occurred in high schools.
The survey also discovered a decrease in the number of pupils who were victims of nonfatal crimes from 51 to 11 per 1,000 students between 2009 and 2020. However, during that time, the proportion of schools reporting cyberbullying increased from 8% in 2009–10 to 16% in 2019–2020.
Two governors have pledged at least $100 million to attempt to stop similar tragedies in the wake of the bloodiest school shooting in in a decade.
Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, said on Tuesday that $105.5 million would be provided to fund expanded mental health and school safety efforts until August 31, 2023.
In his home state, an 18-year-old shooter opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde with an AR-15-style rifle, killing 19 students and two instructors.
According to a press statement from the governor’s office, the funds would, among other things, pay for bullet-resistant shields, silent panic alert technology for school districts, and quick reaction training by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center.
As we fight to prevent further tragedies like the horrible murder committed in Uvalde, Abbott said, “The State of Texas is moving rapidly to ensure our schools are secure and that kids, teachers, and families across Texas have the assistance and resources they need to be safe.”
On May 29, Texas Governor Greg Abbott pays a visit to a temporary monument outside Robb Elementary School. – CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP found on Getty Images
Tuesday also saw the announcement of a $100 million investment for school safety following the Uvalde massacre by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.
The 327 school districts and 83 nonpublic and independent schools in Iowa will get the cash directly.
“Americans want to know how to stop this from happening again. Every family ought to feel secure enough to bring their kids to school and know that they will be safe, according to Reynolds.
Special agents, criminal intelligence analysts, and communication specialists devoted to school safety will soon be employed by the Iowa Governor’s School Safety Bureau, a division of the Iowa Department of Public Safety, according to Reynolds.
According to the governor, the resources will use technology to make it simpler for the public to anonymously report threats, supply schools with radios and digital incident mapping, and offer specialised response training for teachers and law police.
According to Reynolds, the majority of the investment—more than $80 million—will be used to carry out vulnerability assessments for school districts and start a grant programme to assist schools in paying for the suggested safety upgrades.
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Back in Texas, the House Investigative Committee on the Robb Elementary Shooting will convene in Uvalde on Wednesday to hear testimony from many teachers and police officers as well as Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, who has been invited to testify.
Along with Uvalde police officers Juan Saucedo, Lt. Mariano Pargas, Sgt. Eduardo Canales, and Lt. Javiar Martinez, the witness list includes educators Nicole Ogburn, Jennieka Rodriguez, Sasha Martinez, Lynn Deming, and Sasha Martinez.
The committee’s probe is quasi-judicial in nature, therefore witnesses will be questioned in executive session and behind closed doors.
This report was contributed to by Jeremy Grisham, Rosa Flores, and Rosalina Nieves of CNN.