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Table 228.12. Number of casualties from shootings at public and private elementary and secondary schools, number of school shootings, and number of schools with shootings, by type of casualty and level of school: 2000-01 through 2019-20
School year Number of casualties from shootings Number of school shootings, by type of casualty Number of schools with shootings, by level of school1
Total Deaths Injuries Total Number with deaths Number with injuries only Number with no casualties Elementary schools Middle or junior
high schools
High schools or
other schools ending
in grade 12
Other2
1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Total, 2000-01
    through 2019-20
1,188 383 805 886 277 401 208 175 102 543 26
2000-01 47 18 29 30 16 7 7 4 3 23 0
2001-02 18 5 13 17 5 8 4 2 1 14 0
2002-03 28 12 16 23 11 7 5 2 6 15 0
2003-04 45 16 29 34 12 16 6 5 3 26 0
2004-05 63 22 41 44 12 27 5 9 1 32 2

2005-06
55 13 42 51 12 30 9 5 6 39 0
2006-07 91 28 63 64 21 35 8 9 12 42 1
2007-08 23 10 13 16 8 6 2 2 2 11 1
2008-09 61 19 42 52 19 22 11 11 6 31 4
2009-10 15 5 10 15 5 6 4 1 2 12 0

2010-11
32 8 24 18 7 10 1 4 2 12 0
2011-12 21 9 12 16 6 8 2 3 3 9 1
2012-13 54 41 13 25 13 8 4 6 5 13 1
2013-14 55 19 36 46 15 22 9 7 3 32 4
2014-15 63 20 43 42 15 19 8 13 4 23 2

2015-16
45 9 36 38 8 19 11 7 4 25 2
2016-17 58 12 46 44 11 25 8 7 7 30 0
2017-18 182 52 130 87 22 35 30 14 8 63 2
2018-19 112 33 79 112 32 43 37 34 13 59 4
2019-20 120 32 88 112 27 48 37 32 11 67 2
1 Schools that had multiple shootings in a single year are counted only once in that year's total, and schools that had shootings in multiple years are counted only once in the total across years.
2 Includes schools for which school-level information was unknown or unspecified as well as those whose school level was "other."
NOTE: "School shootings" include all incidents in which a gun is brandished or fired or a bullet hits school property for any reason, regardless of the number of victims (including zero), time, day of the week, or reason (e.g., planned attack, accidental, domestic violence, gang-related). Deaths and injuries include both shooters and victims. This table was created using a database that aims to compile information on school shootings from publicly available sources into a single comprehensive resource. For information on database methodology, see K-12 School Shooting Database: Research Methodology (https://www.chds.us/ssdb/resources/uploads/2020/09/CHDS-K12-SSDB-Research-Methods-Sept-2020.pdf). Due to school closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic, caution should be used when comparing 2019-20 data with data from earlier years. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Defense, Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security, K-12 School Shooting Database, retrieved September 28, 2020, from https://www.chds.us/ssdb/. (This table was prepared November 2020.)

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