Huffpost Parents
Nick Wing Headshot
Sam Stein Headshot

If It's A School Week In America, Odds Are There Will Be A School Shooting

Posted: Updated:

Since the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, there have been an average of 1.37 school shootings for each school week, according to data maintained by Everytown for Gun Safety, a group fighting to end gun violence.

Including Tuesday's incident at a high school in Troutdale, Oregon, 74 school shootings have taken place in the approximately 18 months since the Dec. 14, 2012, Newtown shooting. The average school year typically lasts about 180 days, which means there have been roughly 270 school days, or 54 weeks, of class since the shooting at Newtown. With 74 total incidents over that period, the nation is averaging well over a shooting per school week.

The data maintained by Everytown for Gun Safety also shows that these shootings have occurred throughout the country. In all, 31 states have had an incident of gun violence at a school. Georgia has witnessed far more incidents than others, with 10 happening at schools there since Sandy Hook. There have been seven school shootings in Florida, five in Tennessee, four in North Carolina and four in California.

The majority of the school shootings, 39, have taken place at K-12 schools. The remainder of them have happened at colleges or universities.

Not surprisingly, schools tend to be safer when they are not in session. The longest gap between school shootings appears between mid-June and mid-August of 2013, which falls during summer break, when the majority of students are not enrolled in classes. Other gaps of weeks or longer fall during periods when schools are typically on winter, spring or summer breaks.

Also on HuffPost:

Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting
Share this
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

At least 44 school shootings since Newtown — new analysis

Twenty-eight killed in 44 US school shootings since Newtown, study ...

School Shootings in America Since Sandy Hook | Everytown for Gun ...

44 School Shootings and 28 Deaths Since Sandy Hook — America ...

Moms group: 44 school shootings since Newtown tragedy ...

A Company Has Designed A Bulletproof Blanket To Protect Kids During School ...

Liberal senator says gun-control laws proposed after Newtown massacre could ...

Will Combing Through Jerad and Amanda Miller's Social Media Really Teach Us ...

Now You Can Buy A Bulletproof Blanket Specifically Made For Kids To Use ...