Education The Deadliest School Shootings in U.S. History  

Logan Rapp
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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. 

Virginia Tech - 2007 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Deadliest School Shootings in U.S. History
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Virginia Tech - 2007

Death toll: 33
Injured: 25 

Sueng-Hui Cho, a senior at Virginia Tech, had been diagnosed with severe anxiety disorder, even so far as having a Virginia special justice order him to seek treatment. But because he was not institutionalized, he was able to purchase firearms. Virginia Tech was unable to know about any of this due to medical privacy laws. Cho committed two separate shootings, even going so far as to pause after the first, change his clothes, and then continue his rampage. Cho then committed suicide. 
Sandy Hook - 2012 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Deadliest School Shootings in U.S. History
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Sandy Hook - 2012

Death toll: 28
Injured: 2 

After shooting and killing his mother in their home, 20-year-old Adam Lanza proceeded to go to Sandy Hook Elementary School, firing on the students and faculty within. So far, evidence has shown that Lanza was obsessed with mass shootings, but authorities have not found evidence to suggest why he went to Sandy Hook specifically. 

This incident was the deadliest mass shooting at a high school or grade school in U.S. history. 
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Deadliest School Shootings in U.S. History
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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 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Deadliest School Shootings in U.S. History
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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