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The Deadliest School Shootings in U.S. History 

Logan Rapp
Updated November 14, 2019 177.2k views 31 items

Schools in America have been no stranger to violence. Despite these places being a place of learning, lone or paired shooters have turned many of the nation's learning institutions into deadly crime scenes. To really show the scope of how this violence has affected campuses across the country, this list compiles the worst school shootings in US history

From the Columbine High School shooting, to Virginia Tech, and the UCC shooting in Oregon, school safety has become a serious concern among Americans. This list of school shootings shows just how pervasive gun violence has affected elementary schools, high schools, universities and vocational schools. When looking at school shooting statistics, it should also be helpful to actually look at and read harrowing accounts of school violence. 

So look through this school shooting today list and learn details of these senseless acts. Then afterward, go through some of our less depressing and horrifying lists to make your day a little bit better. 

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School - 2018

Death toll: 17 
Injured: 14

On February 14, 2018, teenager Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with a semi-automatic rifle. Cruz had been expelled earlier in the year. He took an Uber to campus in the morning, entered the school, and began shooting. Cruz concealed himself in the crowd fleeing the school, but was later arrested and taken into police custody. Cruz's motivation was not immediately clear, but there was a YouTuber by the name of "Nikolas Cruz" who reportedly posted a comment saying, "I'm going to be a professional school shooter" online.  

UT Austin - 1966

Death toll: 17
Injured: 31

Charles Whitman, 25, was an engineering student and former U.S. Marine studying at the University of Texas - Austin. After being honorably discharged for gambling while in the Corps, he killed his wife and mother, then proceeded to climb atop an observation deck at his school and fire on students during a 96-minute rampage until he was shot dead by police
Columbine High School - 1999

Death toll: 15
Injured: 21

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, calling themselves the Trench Coat Mafia, fired upon their fellow students at Columbine High School, as well as using firebomb attacks to distract firefighters. It's largely thought that Harris and Klebold were targets for bullying, leading to the massacre. Both Harris and Klebold committed suicide in the attack.
Santa Fe High School - 2018

Death Toll: 10
Injured: 13

On May 18, 2018, 17 year old Dimitrios Pagourtzis opened fire at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas. Using a shot gun and .38-revolver, he killed nine students and one teacher in the attack before authorities apprehended him. Upon investigation, police found several homemade explosives around and near campus. Pagourtzis was arraigned on capital murder charges.